Future Based + Filip Studios residency program

At Future Based, we believe in interdisciplinary studies—beyond the buzz. Interdisciplinary research allows for a synthesis of ideas that integrates characteristics from different disciplines. We see the crossing of borders between disciplines as highly potent spaces, but we are equally interested in analyzing the pitfalls of interdisciplinary projects. It is common to come across a theme that is relevant to, for instance, the fields of literature, art, and history, or a subject of inquiry that concerns both science and mathematics. And yet, it is rare to find models of research that fully incorporate such varying disciplines. The question that remains, is what form of interdisciplinary studies can really intertwine divergent disciplines and allow for a truly reciprocal exchange?

With this question in mind, Future Based joined forces with Fillip Studios in 2019. Together we developed and organize(d) three residency periods (October 2019, March 2020, October 2020), in which attendees from different disciplines work together on a case, provided by real case-holders. Previous cases included question regarding themes such as how to reduce loneliness in a city, the future of robotics in health care or how to improve the ecological systems in a residential area. The cases are presented by clients such as scientific institutions, governmental organizations or companies. Here again, philosophy functions as a tool to think critically about the established frameworks and thought processes that govern different disciplines: How can differences be overcome to make way for common ground between disciplines?

Residency program: September – December 2020

Please note that the residency of September are closed for application. If you have inquiries regarding the residency program, please reach out to us at: sabine@futurebased.org.

The new residency period runs from September till December 2020. The participants will take part in masterclasses on Tuesdays like concept developing, setting up a scientific framework, and pitch training. And there will be several lectures from the case holders or researchers that relate to the themes the participants are working on.

The September – December residency cases are:

Case 1: Smelling Memories

Smell is one of the most important organs when it comes to activating our memory: how something smells helps us retrieve memories. But, the ability to smell sometimes declines when you get older. Especially in demented elderly people, one quarter of people with dementia have lost all of their smelling abilities. Hence, people with the loss of smell, will enjoy food much less, while enjoying food contributes a great deal to the quality of life. In this case you will develop a method, tool or intervention in which you search for a solution or to compensate the loss of smell, so that people who can no longer smell are able to enjoy eating (again).

Case 2: Furnishing a Neighborhood

Elderly people live longer and longer on their own. In addition to benefits, this also has a number of adverse effects. For example, it requires a different way of furnishing a neighborhood: How to ensure that older people can live longer at home in their own familiar neighborhood. How do you ensure that older people feel more permanently part of the daily practice in a neighborhood? In this case you will work on an intervention that will enable you to reconnect and activate older people and other residents in the neighborhood.

Case 3: Local Economy Impact

Our case-holder is a community of local residents, organizations and entrepreneurs, who together want to give a positive impulse to a flourishing local community and economy. In this case you will work on making a digital means of payment transparent and understandable for a group of people that is not used to paying this way or a target group that wants to see concretely what the payment method does for the local economy (what’s in it for me?).

Case 4: Reaching Art

The corona virus makes many things change in society, but nowhere is this more noticeable than in the cultural sector. Our case-holder is also curious as to how they can reopen an exhibition in a meaningful way: welcoming many visitors will not be feasible, so how do you make a valuable and lasting impact on the visitors who are visiting? In this case study you will develop a tool or method for measuring, observing or demonstrating the impact of an exhibition on visitors.

Case 5: Circular Disposables

Now the Corona crisis has washed over our society more than ever waste products are flooding our environment, – like face masks, gloves. In this case, you are going to research what kind of system could prevent face masks, cloves and disinfecting wipes cluttering our sewer system and polluting the environment. The bigger question behind this case is: In what way would you design a circular model regarding disposables?

Please note that the residency of September are closed for application. If you have inquiries regarding the residency program, please reach out to us at: sabine@futurebased.org.

Fillip Studios

Fillip Studios is an art and design studio that combines art, science, technology and social issues.

The studio creates tangible objects and experiences that evoke a sense of wonder and converts the used techniques into impactful and innovative value for society. Fillip Studios is founded by the artists Roos Meerman and Tom Kortbeek, creating both independent work and projects in cooperation with universities, institutions, museums and companies. More information about Fillip Studios.