what is BEAM
BEAM is a dream tank, re-claiming fantasy and utopian thinking as useful and needed in our political engagement with the future. We devise, design and facilitate imaginative and participatory events, workshops, processes and in(ter)ventions that inspire its participants to publicly engage with matters of concern.
Thematically, we centrally focus on the future of work, organization, civil society and business. For this we forge transdisciplinary collaborations with strong partners from the arts, academia, the start-up and business world as well as from third sector organizations.
We are playful, yet prickly, asking pointed questions about the issues that matter most to our target communities. We make space for self-reflection and affirmative critique. Looking both behind, inside and ahead of things, we are collaborative, transdisciplinary, creative and performative. We are re-imagining agency, asking “what makes us act?” And we are an agency for re-imagining key ideas within the future of work, organization, civil society and business.
"I can’t help but dream of the kind of criticism that would try not to judge but to bring an oeuvre, a book, a sentence, an idea to life that would light fires, watch grass grow, listen to the wind, and catch the sea foam in the breeze and scatter it. It would multiply not judgments but signs of existence; it would summon them, drag them from their sleep. Perhaps it would invent them sometimes – all the better. [...] I'd like a criticism of scintillating leaps of the imagination. It would not be sovereign or dressed in red. It would bear the lightening of possible storms."
- Michel Foucault
A performative audio-walk on the #FutureOfWork
ARBEIT 4.5 is an immersive and performative audio-walk (a "Hör- und Lauffilm") in Zurich's Kreisen 4 & 5. Realized in collaboration with the director Diana Rojas and a fantastic artistic team, the project plays and provokes with the big question: "How do we want to work today and in the future?"
Performed in autumn 2016 and spring 2017.
Thanks to: SNF Agora, Migros-Kulturprozent, Syndicom, Stiftung für Radio und Kultur Schweiz
Team: Diana Rojas-Feile, Björn Müller, Martina Kunz, Lukas Kubik, Jacob Jensen, Michael Sauter, Fabienne Hadorn, Julian Grüenthal, Laura Olgiati, Stephanie Feeney, Johana Muther, Claudia Breitschmid, Miriam Hempel, Ria Nasaudeanu
The Future of Science
Collaborating with our accomplices from Neue Dringlichkeit, we were invited to intervene at the "We Scientists Shape Science" (26. - 27.01.2017) conference of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. Time travelling to the year 2070, we asked participants in video-interviews to look back at the scientific, technological, social and societal achievements of the 21st century so far.
Samuel Lagier, Marion Betizeau, Helma Wennemers, Martin Hitziger, Philipp Staudacher, Gian-Luca Bona, Mahmoud Hassan, Adria LeBoeuf, Donat Agosti, Sabrina Eichenberger
Team: Christopher Kriese (ND), Nele Solf (ND), Miriam Walther Kohn (ND), Björn Müller (BEAM)
how dare you? video blog
how dare you? video blog is a thought-provoking video gallery of revelations and confessions of 'future workers', the independent entrepreneurs, innovators, and freelancers who prefer project-based assignments and are available to collaborate across the globe at any time. The aim is to "unmask entrepreneurial futurism" and the currency of the video blog is personal stories. Taking on the big issues in our world and generating impact, these trendsetters are the pioneers who will make the future work. A bold statement, but what does the everyday reality look like for these impact entrepreneurs and their projects in this buzzword economy?
how dare you? video blog is a collaboration between BEAM and the arts collective NEUE DRINGLICHKEIT ("New Urgency"), supported by Impact Hub Zürich.
how dare you? unmasking entrepreneurial futurism
In London and Zürich, new and thriving urban economies are all about the buzz of “innovation” and “collaboration”. Innovation is the future, and the future goes to work in places like Impact Hub Zurich and Impact Hub King’s Cross. These are decidedly urban and trendy co-working spaces for independent entrepreneurs, innovators, and freelancers who prefer project-based assignments and are available to collaborate across the globe at any time. Taking on the big issues in our world and generating impact, these trendsetters are the pioneers who will make the future work. A bold statement, but what does the everyday reality look like for these impact entrepreneurs and their projects in this buzzword economy? We hosted a thought-provoking evening of revelations and confessions at Impact Hubs Kings Cross, as part of the Zurich meets London: A Festival of Two Cities to discuss just that. The aim was to unmask entrepreneurial futurism by using personal stories as the currency of the evening.
Why? Because we care about the future of work. And we invite you to have a share in that business.
how dare you? unmasking entrepreneurial futurism is a collaboration between BEAM and transdisciplinary anarchistic arts collective Neue Dringlichkeit.