ArtFutura reaches its twenty-ninth edition in more than twenty cities including: Alicante, Buenos Aires, London, Madrid, México, Montevideo and Shanghai. The festival opens on November 22, with special activities in London (StourSpace), Madrid (EspacioFundaciónTelefónica) and Alicante (Museum of Contemporary Art).
What does it mean to be human in the age of technology? And does digital technology adapt to our real aspirations and needs or is it the other way around? Perhaps we are heading towards a more friendly, more empathic and more human world? Or are we going in the opposite direction?
With the technological revolution, the Internet and social networks, we have fostered the intimate possibilities of the self, but we have also developed technologies such that may allow us to create extended, more perfect, compassionate and empathetic communication networks between people.
Humanized Technology is to reverse the crisis of digital attention and realign technology with the best interests of humanity. The Center for Humane Technology, a network of artists and researchers has underlined the digital threat of our time: “Our society is being hijacked by technology. What began as a race to monetize our attention is now eroding the pillars of our society: mental health, democracy, social relationships and our children”.
The technological revolution can give us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves as a society but we should not get lost in the process. The Collaboration for Humane Technologies affirms that “at the heart of our creative action is the conviction that in order to think (and create) viable futures we must question categories such as being human”.
Perhaps the power of our future lies precisely in our humanity and not so much in codification or dating. It will have to do more with relational intelligence, social skills and with a futuristic, solidary and imaginative mentality. The audiovisual program of ArtFutura 2018 is shown at all the cities where the festival takes place and includes the latest in Digital Creativity: 3D animation, music videos, motion graphics and everything related to the new aesthetics.
Every year, the 3D FuturaShow presents the most outstanding international works of computer animation and reflects on the evolution, both technical and in content, of this creative field. Including the new works by Goodbye Kansas, Julius Horsthuis, Maxim Zhestkov, Hans-Christoph Schultheiss, Mads Broni, Simon Christoph Krenn. Nicolas Deveaux, BesjanSertolli, Peter Tomaszewicz, Laurent Witz and Dusan Kastelic.
FuturaGraphics highlights the most brilliant shorts in the field of new aesthetics: digital animations, experimental shorts, motion graphics, videoclipsand mixed works in the pursuit of new languages. A selection that centers on originality and versatility with works by Alex Popescu, LubomirArsov, Nexus Studios, WOW Inc., Substance, KlubSimon, Michael Enzbrunner, SerjanBurlak, Mike Mort and many more.
SchoolsFutura is a section dedicated to the best recent works of digital schools around the world. From 3D to special effects and motion graphics. With names like ESMA, ISART, Gobelins, Ringling College of Art and Design, The Animation Workshop, New3DGE, MOPA, Rubika, and schools from France, Denmark, Canada, United States.
Festival includes also BehindtheScenes, a new section dedicated to “Making ofs”. Those mini documentaries that expose the secrets behind the magic of special effects and 3D animation. It includes pieces on ManvsMachine, Goodbye Kansas, Wow Inc., MikrosImage…