Open Call


Forecast Platform

No Funding
Free / No Costs
Berlin, Germany


From February 10 to April 9, 2021, Driving the Human invites designers, artists, scientists, initiatives, and agents from any fields of expertise from anywhere in the world, to join us in shaping sustainable and collective futures that combine science, technology, and the arts in a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach. Our Open Call invites proposals that critically engage with the present and propose alternatives current developments and disruptions, reflecting on what makes us human, and reexamining our relationship with society, the planet, and life itself. The application deadline is Friday, April 9, 2021, at 11:59pm CET. Applications must be submitted in English. Please consult our Application Guidelines, Terms and Conditions, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information:

Number of Participants

Following an initial selection by the jury, twenty-one proposals will be presented at the Driving the Human event in Berlin, October 2021. Following this event, the jury and a board of experts select, from the twenty-one proposals, seven finalists.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


February 20, 2021 - December 31, 2022




Breakfast, Lunch

Public Programs

Festival, Grant


Acting, Activists, Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Design, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Mixed Reality, Multimedia, Performance Art, Scientists, Social Practice, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts



Program Description

Proposals may connect to larger themes, such as the social impact of climate change, energy cycles and our current technological acceleration, the mirror between the biosphere and the technosphere, contemporary processes of exchanging values and objects, and/or the impact of collective decision-making. Driving the Human welcomes proposals that embrace notions of urgency and radical openness as much as curiosity, interconnectedness, and new modes of collectivity across scales. Similarly, we encourage proposals that ask fundamental questions about the predominant narratives that we exchange about the world and our role in it. Selected applicants will be invited to interact with the expertise and multidisciplinary know-how of the Driving the Human partner institutionsto develop future-proof concepts and bring them to fruition as prototypes.

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