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OPEN MINDS: Art as an early warning system

Tuesday, June 14th at 7:30pm 11 months ago
Toronto Music Garden 479 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
Global forces affect us all – join us for an outdoor dialogue between German & Canadian thinkers & makers to explore how arts, culture and nature can help us adapt to a world in flux.

Amid increasing challenges to societal resilience in the face of global mega-trends, the Goethe-Institut Toronto is hosting a summer conversation series held at Yo-Yo Ma’s Toronto Music Garden at Harbourfront Centre on three summer evenings.

The launch event features Gesche Joost, Professor for Design Research at Berlin’s University of the Arts, who heads its Design Research Lab and is Chancellor Merkel’s “Digital Champion” and EU Commission advisor. Gesche will speak about “Art as an Early Warning System”. She will be joined by Toronto futurist Sanjay Khanna’s visual and poetic exploration of the arts and culture as early warning signals of societal risk.

Prior to heading the Design Lab in Berlin and advising high-ranking politicians, Gesche Joost was a junior professor for Interaction Design & Media at the Technical University of Berlin. With international partners, she conducts research and development projects in the areas of human-computer-interaction, gender and diversity aspects in technological development, as well as user-centered design and participation. She is a member of the board of the German National Academic Foundation, as well as the advisory board of the Goethe-Institut and, since 2015, of SAP SE.

Sanjay Khanna was until recently Futurist-in-Residence at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and held the same position from 2013-14 at the University of Toronto’s Massey College, where he researched Strategic Foresight. Amid growing risks and uncertainty, he helps businesses, governments and not-for-profits to adapt to the future and launched the world’s first conference on how climate change may affect human psychology, society and culture. He has worked with the government of Canada, Walrus Talks, and others.
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