What is Future State?
Future State is a creative research collective focused on exploring cultural responses to crises using Ireland as a paradigm for global patterns. It aims to broaden the understanding and awareness of Irish contemporary art. It was founded by Goldsmiths staff and researchers Dr Derval Tubridy and Stephanie Feeney in early 2012 and is now also supported by regular contributions from researchers Ruth Annett and Emma Cummins. It originated from ‘The Future State of Ireland‘ conference, an academic and cultural conference that took place at Goldsmiths, University of London in November 2012 and which sought to examine creative responses in Irish visual art, filmmaking, poetry, literature, music and more, to the Irish and global economic crisis that began after the collapse of the so called ‘Celtic Tiger’. Future State is founded on a shared belief that creative responses give an alternative position of knowledge about crises that are almost exclusively discussed in the technical jargon of disciplines such as economics and politics.