Cluj Cultural Centre invites artists, scientists, engineers, students and curious citizen to join our 1st Re-Imagining Work. Future Scenarios Workshop, taking place on 30-31 October 2019, in Cluj-Napoca.

Over two days participants will be engaged in collaborative sessions to analyze current dynamics, dig for data, identify patterns and develop possible future scenarios describing how work, organisations and labour relations may look like in the future. The aim of the workshop is to explore the main challenges around the topic and provide the wider community with ideas about what type of transformations will shape our future in terms of work.

This is the first of four future scenarios workshops within the Cluj Future of Work Project. The final results of the workshops include a collection of scenarios and an exhibition of artworks on the future of work. The thematic focus of the four workshops is: Workshop 1 (30-31 October 2019): Global changes in Work. Work in culture as a case study, Workshop 2 (April 2020): Work 4.0. Are the Robots Coming? Workshop 3 (June 2020): Culturepreneurs of the future. Cultural and Creative Industries, Workshop 4 (August 2020): Informal Work. A call for proposals for artworks inspired from the scenarios developed during the four workshops will be launched in 2020.

The workshops are facilitated by Tim Boykett & Tina Auer, both members of Time’s Up (AT), a nonprofit organisation founded in 1996 in Linz Austria. As a laboratory for the composition of experimental situations, Time’s Up creates explorable, narrative spaces, especially in the context of constructing models of possible futures and building physical narratives that explore contemporary sociopolitical issues.  Their core question: “In which world do we want to live?” is approached using the arts to develop new, unexpected and valuable ideas about how the future could be, how we want it to be, combining utopias and dystopias. The audience is invited to imagine a possibility of everyday life in a possible future, bringing speculations to immediate ideas of how we would live. Their activities deepen arts-based research into raising awareness and allowing contemplation of ways in which we can and want to live, by collaboratively imagining and building possible and preferred futures, instigating as well as encouraging discourse about individual and collective futures. The discussions imagine what the implications could be, deepening understandings of the ways that these implications could effect everyday life and whether this is something that we want, something that is socially and individually desirable.

If you are interested to participate in the workshops, please register using the following application form:

    The call is open for participants from Romania and other countries in Europe who are interested to attend the first or all of the workshops. Artists willing to respond to the later call for artworks are encouraged to attend the workshops.

    The workshop will take place in English. To facilitate the contributions of Romanian and Hungarian speaking participants with lesser command of English, we provide translation assistance.
    Deadline for registration: October 16th, 2019. Participants applying for travel and accommodation support are advised to register as early as possible.

    Cluj Future of Work is an initiative of Urban Innovation Unit in Cluj-Napoca, created by the Cluj Cultural Centre in partnership with the Center for Innovation and Civic Imagination of the Municipality.

    Cluj Future of Work project is co-financed by the European Union through the Urban Innovative Actions program and studies and tests opportunities for the city to prepare for the challenges to the labor market, that the future will bring. The project focuses mainly on cultural and social issues: what are the jobs that can be developed in the cultural and creative sectors, what will happen in the automation high-risk sectors, what will happen in sectors that already have working integration problems. The project is co-managed by the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca and Cluj Cultural Centre in a consortium with eight other local organizations: Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj IT Cluster, Intercultural Development Association Cluj, Transylvania Creative Industries Cluster, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, Transylvania International Film Festival, Transylvania IT Cluster, ZAIN Transylvanian Creativity Festival.