Picture an event where the bridge between the counterculture and academia is finally crossed. From live tech demonstrations to futuristic presentations to provocative performance art to live music we will take you off the grid as we explore a new kaleidoscopic wonderland. If the original Burning Man was to meet the Singularity Summit, you would have Extreme Futurist Fest 2011.
The dance for the realization of the future begins in the corridors of art, literature, and culture. Only by connecting together the greatest visionary minds with the most innovative and rule-breaking forms of artistic expression and cultural mind-melding can we unlock the full potential of the Future and bring it into the Present. We offer you the bold new interdisciplinary movement of the 21st Century. A place where the right brain and left brain merge into a new “Undivided Mind”.
The future is all around us today. The explosion of the Internet and powerful mobile devices have transformed life in fundamental ways for billions of people. We need to increase our efforts to open source technology so that it becomes available to the billions who lack it. We must push the envelope of the latest p2p technology to enable new applications which bring us closer together as a society. We want a future-friendly culture that embraces technology and understands that technological innovation plays a central role in solving the world’s most persistent problems.
We encourage a new generation of thinkers who understand that fun and learning are not mutually exclusive and that the most complex topics can be grasped if there is enough curiosity, wonder, and enthusiasm for learning. Labs, companies, and startups around the world are making startling steps forward in the fields of nanotechnology, robotics, brain-computer interfacing, 3D printing, materials science, wearable computing, life extension, social networking, and more. We must understand these advances so that we can ensure that they benefit as many people as possible.
Join us for a profound exploration of what it means to be human. A first-hand look into the genesis of a powerful new intellectual and expressive culture.
In the video above Rachel Haywire talks about her ideas for the Extreme Futurist Festival and what she hopes to accomplish with this new event that takes place in Los Angeles on the 16th and 17th of December. Her dream of bringing the intellectual and artistic communities together in which the best minds of science, technology, and alt-culture unite was brought into reality through working with Michael Anissimov of the Singularity Institute. After working on the Singularity Summit Michael decided to give XFF his attention due to having a similar vision for Transhumanism.
Transforming the barriers between underground and mainstream the organizers of Extreme Futurist Festival are excited about the first year of their event. The festival will feature speakers, artists, bands, and performers ranging from Natasha Vita-More (Chairwoman of Humanity+) to Hanin Elias. (founding member of Atari Teenage Riot) Vendors include RE/Search Publications and comic artist Zac Finger.
In the video Rachel also reads some of her writing from the Disinformation book Generation Hex and discusses how it applies to the event. Tickets are on sale now.