Taking cues from artists and their studios
The founder of Mycelium Foresight Studio, Valerie Chartrain, has worked for 15 years in contemporary art as one can see here and there. This experience benefits the way Mycelium Foresight Studio practices strategic foresight. We believe that art, in its various forms, has a real relevance for the theory and practice of foresight.
Art is a mean to catalyze future change. Artists and designers solve problems, develop visions through the constant movement between analysis, deduction and making. They build on existing practices, they break down forms and reconfigure them (1); they investigate new technologies (2) and new materials. They build models and prototypes. They make powerful ideas tangible (3). Art requires the ability to think critically (4), to ask questions, to act and to make decisions.
Art is unsettling too - it engages in sensory experience, emotion, motivation, play, the rational and the irrational, the uncomfortable, the uncanny and the impressive. These diverse perspectives nourish Mycelium Foresight Studio's philosophy. The companionship with artists becomes a method of exploring possible realities, and strengthened by the methodologies of foresight, Mycelium Foresight Studio allows you to navigate complexity, to make sense of complexity.
The artist's studio is in constant movement, a place of connections. It is the place where expertise circulates and ideas and visions are transposed, and this methodology is also the one that Mycelium Foresight Studio has chosen to adopt by developing a network of experts (discover the experts here).
And Mycelium Foresight Studio is committed to involving artists in its work to stimulate perspectives and results.
(1) For example, no one had thought of modelling spider webs in 3D and adding sound to it before Tomas Saraceno had the idea to do so. He is also at the origin of "Aerocene" .The series consists of air-fuelled sculptures, one of which – during its test flight in the White Sands – floated passengers for up to 3 hours using only solar power, making it the world’s first fully-certified solar flight. Link
(2) No researcher had thought of creating sperm from female stem cells before Charlotte Jarvis started her research.
(3) Trevor Paglen threw a stone into the space pond in 2019 by launching Orbital Reflector and raising the question of the right to access space.
(4) In the film In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain by Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind which imagines archaeologists of the future discovering fictive ruins.