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

  • BEAM projects

  • ARBEIT 4.5

    A performative audio-walk on the #FutureOfWork

    Blended reality

    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


    More info: www.arbeit45.co

  • #FutureOfWork:
    'selbst' und 'ständig' oder
    radikal kollaborativ?

    PUBLIC ACTION am 20. Mai 2017
    Ein öffentliches Symposium in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Impact Hub Zürich

  • SC|NAT 2070

    The Future of Science

    Time travels

    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.

    Thanks to:
    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.

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