The ArkDes Fellowship offers practitioners, spatial thinkers, and researchers operating in or around the fields of architecture and design opportunities for interdisciplinary research at ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design. The first annual Fellowship is dedicated to the theme of Projecting the Future, providing four Fellows space and resources to conduct exploratory work for a 6 month-long period (September 2018 to February 2019) in Stockholm.
With the headline exhibition The Future Starts Here opening in 2019, ArkDes will become a centre for future studies. Sweden is an important territory in which to consider future trends; while semi-peripheral, it maintains a global impact on models of social governance and the creative industries. With a General Election around the corner (September 2018), questions surrounding immigration, politics, militarisation, and housing are currently reframing a debate about society and its relationship to the built environment.
The word ‘project’ has its etymological root in the Latin word proicere, to “throw forth”. As disciplines and practices, architecture and design are inherently preoccupied by ideas of the future—a combination of tensions, imaginations, hopes and fears—often inspired by what has come before. Historically, it has represented a horizon upon which all problems might, could, and will be solved; an ideological belief based on the notion of unimpeded progress and the vision of a ”better” world. At a moment in which the ways in which we live, work, and postulate are shifting, we should take time to consider how we frame our understanding of the ‘future’ in time and as a place. We invite research proposals that challenge preconceived ideas behind these spheres of thought and operation, both in topic and in research methodology.
The application process does not require a stipulated or tangible outcome; we expect any possible result of the programme to develop during the Fellows’ time at ArkDes, and from conversation with our curators, researchers, and guests. We are excited by the unconventional, experimental, contextually rich, and culturally engaged; proposals that can concisely advocate for an original position while, at the same time, offer convincing methodologies for research, communication and dissemination.