There are no wrong answers to this initial question, just theories that need to be discussed. TFS is all about that, about starting a discussion on spirituality and creativity in the digital space, and seeing in what ways the technological progress is redefining the human experience.
In order to explore the different fields of interest, TFS relies on collaborations from the academia and has the support of institutions linked to the creative industries, which now also includes Elisava.
The 'smart' in our cities
Every year, the Catalan Design School sets in motion a transversal project that brings together the institution’s different disciplines to develop a joint piece on a specific topic. This year’s edition will be focused on cities and the technologies that surround these, such as smart systems, tracking and monitoring technologies, and communication platforms. New Media artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet will be coordinating the project which aims “to understand the limits of machines”, says Guljajeva.
The course is exclusively for second-year students from several study areas –Product Design, Space Design, Interaction Design and Graphic Design–, who are going to explore the relationship between the feeling of faith and the technology of the urban landscape. During the course, according to Elisava’s Academic Director Albert Fuster:
After this observation, students will have to design, under the guidance of TFS members, a system that reflects the online side of human experience and emotion. More specifically, explains Fardoe Ruitenberg from TFS:
The confessions and answers will be registered on a website, and eventually presented in a final piece in the shape of an installation.
An online experience
The students will be working in four different teams and the project is organized in different phases. In the following weeks, teachers, including invited experts and TFS members, will provide lectures and workshops to support each team. At the end of the course, the project will be adapted and conveyed into a virtual installation.
This partnership with Elisava serves the purpose of creativity. Integrating the creative energy and capabilities of students provides an opportunity to showcase their ideas and the explorative nature of the project. It’s about understanding the logics behind algorithms and systems as they grow around our lives, and imagining future scenarios of a digitalized world.
Working with the academia is one of the many different forms that The First Supper is undertaking as an incubator in the creative ecosystem. Aiming to open a space to reflect on the future of living in smart cities, on spirituality and technology, and on faith and rationality. Projects of this kind will certainly build up meaning while we face the innegable coexistence of both the scientific and the mystic areas of the human experience.