Think Lab


FutureStage: International Collaborative Research Think Tank Project

In April 2021, Harvard University metaLAB launched the "FutureStage" international research project, which is committed to promoting the exploration of the challenges and development prospects of performing arts in the post-epidemic era. Mrs. Cui Qiao of Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation was part of the research group developing the project.

With new expectations for media interactions, cultural innovation, and presence in a hyperconnected world, the civic stakes of the performing arts are shifting. Research projects will focus on identifying and mapping these shifts, seeking both opportunities and problems that arises with new configurations of performing arts, city regeneration and civic society. Comparing and analyzing best practices and key ideas across various area, the research team aims to produce a report in autumn 2021 as a reference and inspiration for governments, cultural institutions and arts organizations worldwide.

The project is made up of an international interdisciplinary team of 21 experts and institutions, including but not limited to academic researchers, producer, arts media, consultant and foundation.

Dedicated to discover and support new generations of independent artists,  BCAF is actively initiating international exchange programs in 18 countries. BCAF is the only institution from Greater China invited by Harvard University to co-initiate the project.

Members of Research Group:

Cathie Boyd (Ireland/Scotland)
Founder & Artistic Director, Cryptic

Marc Brickman (USA)
Managing Director, Tactical Manoeuvre

Paolo Ciuccarelli (Italy/USA)
Founding Director, Center for Design, Northeastern University, Boston

Lins Derry (USA)
Principal, metaLAB (at) Harvard

Evenlyn Ficarra (UK)

Associate Director, Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, University of Sussex

Mariana Ibañez (Argentina/USA)
Chair and Associate Professor, Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA;
Co-founder, Ibañez Kim

Simone Kim (USA)
Director, Immersive Kinematics Research Group;
Co-founder, Ibañez Kim

Mohammed Obaidullah (Saudi Arabia)

Jay Pather (South Africa)
Director, Institute for Creative Arts, University of Cape Town

Paolo Petrocelli (Italy)
Research Affiliate, MetaLAB (at) Harvard

Qiao Cui (China)
President, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation

Magda Romanska (USA)
Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy, Emerson College;
Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief,

Adama Sanneh (Italy)
Co-Founder and CEO, Moleskine Foundation

Anthony Sargent (UK)
International Cultural Consultant

Jeffrey Schnapp (USA)
Faculty Director, metaLAB (at) Harvard

Shain Shapiro (UK)
Founder and CEO, Sound Diplomacy

Sydney Skybetter (USA)
Founder, Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces

Jean-Philippe Thiellay (France)
President, Centre national de la musique

Shahrokh Yadegari (USA)
Director, Sonic Arts Research adn Development group at the University of California San Diego;
Director, Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences at the Qualcomm Institute

About metaLAB

metaLAB (at) Harvard is an institutional unit within the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society that devoted to facilitate and foster exchanges between Arts, the Internet, and Science. An international cohort of fellows from a wide range of backgrounds, disciplines and career stages meet at this vibrant, innovative and experimental platform. To date, the Berkman Klein Center has published more than 250 reports, papers, and books; contributed more than 10 million lines of codes to GitHub; produced more than 700 videos and podcasts; hosted more than 1,000 arts exhibitions, workshops and conferences.

metaLAB is actively involved in the Center’s research efforts in such domains as artificial intelligence, social justice, internet governance, cybersecurity, and the law. metaLAB is physically located on the 4th floor of 42 Kirkland Street, within Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Because design practice is fundamental to its ethos, metaLAB maintains close ties to GSD faculty, students, and academic programs, as well as to the Faculty of Arts and Science.

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