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.
Gulf Metaverse 2.0 Film Festival Opening with Róisín Tapponi
7 March 2022
Talk → 3:15 pm
The Gulf Metaverse 2.0 Film Festival will be introduced by curator Róisín Tapponi in the Atrium at 3:15 pm (7 March 2022).
The Department of DisinformationCuratorial ActivismEquity & InclusionOrientalist FantasiesPost-colonialism
7 March 2022
Keynote → 5:30 pm
Keynote by Eyal Weizman (Forensic Architecture) in the Atrium
The Institute of SpeculationThe Department of DisinformationEquity & InclusionPost-colonialismSpeculative SciencesThe State of ChangeTechnologiesAlgorithmic Potentials
Planet City and the Return of Global Wilderness
9 March 2022
Talk → 2:00 pm
Talk by Liam Young (designer, director, and BAFTA-nominated producer) in the Atrium
Indigenous KnowledgeDesign FictionEarthly SurvivalThe Department of DisinformationThe Institute of Speculation
Futurisms: A Discussion with Ingrid LaFleur
8 March 2022
Panel Discussion → 5:30 pm
Panel discussion between Alisha B. Wormsley, Jasmine Murrell, Saba Taj, and Saks Afridi led by curator Ingrid LaFleur in the Atrium (virtual + in-person options available)
Speculative SciencesCuratorial ActivismRevisionismImagined ArtifactsThe Institute of SpeculationDesign FictionEquity & Inclusion
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.
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.