Imaginator Start-Up

In this collaborative initiative, we invite artists to conceive a “wild-and-crazy idea” that can be applied to a social challenge. We pair our Imaginators with practical problem solvers, such as scientists, designers, or engineers. This program provides seed money and mentorship to bring artists’ ideas through various stages toward a prototype.

Matt Wolf, Spaceship Earth and the Value of Utopian, 2020

We encourage blue-sky pitches. Our inaugural cohort of Imaginators produced a remarkably viable series of prototypes from raw ideas, ranging from the development of care-based algorithmic networks to an immersive gaming experience that combines the spontaneous creativity of poetry, rap, and hip-hop music with scientific knowledge, to an approach to non-verbal communication based on the phenomenon of “emergence.”

Jacolby Satterwhite, Jacolby Satterwhite Dances with His Self, 2013

Binary Calculations Are Inadequate to Assess Us
Datalogue Raisonné™
Droppin’ Science
The Ethical Imagination: A New System of Collective Decision-Making
NATURESHIP: A New Municipality and a New Human Condition
Tending the Marine Garden