From 5 through 29 May, 2022, the S+T+ARTS exhibition NEAR + FUTURES + QUASI + WORLDS premiered in one of Bologna’s most singular locations, Biblioteca Salaborsa. The exhibition, curated by Manuel Cirauqui with the collaboration of Silvana Fiorese, included work by the following artists: Refik Anadol, Ralf Baecker, Evelina Domnich and Dmitry Gelfand, Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves, Forensic Architecture, Iris van Herpen, Julia Koerner, So Kanno and Takayuki Yamaguchi, Egor Kraft, Kasia Molga & Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner, and Etsuko Yakushimaru.
NEAR + FUTURES + QUASI + WORLDS emphasized the vital role that collaboration in science, technology and art can play in investigating the complexities of the contemporary world, as well as promoting the most innovative forms of contemporary artistic creation. The project wanted to invite citizens, institutions, industry stakeholders, and the creative community to explore the key role that art-driven collaboration and transversal knowledge production are meant to play in a society where the fundamentals of future life need to be entirely reassessed.
The exhibition was organised under the S+T+ARTS initiative as a collaboration between Artshare – Intelligence, Technology and Arts and Kilowatt, and further supported by Fondazione Innovazione Urbana and Municipality of Bologna. The exhibition was part of the official programme of Art City Bologna 2022.