Tasmeem Doha is an international, biennial art and design conference hosted and organized by VCUarts Qatar since 2004. Each edition of Tasmeem Doha highlights a unique and contemporary theme within art and design, exploring novel concepts, methods, and applications, and engaging in critical discussions. The event is open to the public, with attendees and participants consisting of international designers, artists, academics, students, industry professionals, and the local community.
The 2022 conference Radical Futures addresses the role of design in shaping the future. Tasmeem Doha 2022: Radical Futures is an inclusive and multi-faceted view of the future, one that not only speculates on technological advancements—but on future threats and changes whether environmental, geographical, cultural, or social. Now more than ever, we must ask pertinent questions, raise critical dialogues, and respond with clarity.
The 4 Axes
The four axes are the foundational themes of Tasmeem Doha
2022: Radical Futures. The names of the four axes are inspired by human-constructed entities such as governments, nations, and ministries. We combine these dogmatic or established labels with playful and unusual concepts to create unexpected combinations. This play on words serves as a metaphor for bridging our past with our future. They connect ideas such as the Anthropocene with the history of the nation-state—take the speculative and combine them with radical concepts.
The Department of Disinformation
False Truths, Historiography & Revisionism
The Institute of Speculation
Future Fictions, Dystopian Worlds & Imagined Artifacts
The Ministry of Matters
Materiality, Processes & Environmental Resources
The State of Change
New Systems, Technologies & Perspectives
Tasmeem Doha 2022: Radical Futures will bring together a range of radical thinkers and makers from across the globe. We welcome you to learn more about each of these incredible artists, panelists, designers, filmmakers, speakers, and workshop leaders.