BACK TO THE FUTURE
At a moment in time when societies across the globe seem stuck in polarization and day to day challenges we want to look far ahead. With our theme “BACK TO THE FUTURE!” we will open the TEDxMünchen stage for visionary scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, designers and many other thought leaders. We will celebrate imagination, innovation and creativity and are looking for ideas, projects and theses that can change the world in the future. A special focus will be on supposedly "old" ideas and values that might lead us to a future worth living in.
This year we will have only two speaker sessions and therefore a longer break inbetween to give you even more time to connect with other guests, get in touch with our speakers, exchange thoughts, participate in breakout sessions and get some delicious food for thought. Sounds amazing, right?
We can’t wait to welcome you again at the Münchner Kammerspiele on November 10th 2019!
Jan’s intention is to illustrate a humorous critical point of view. His focus lies on conceptional and performance art. This can be expressed through criticism of the unreflected awkward decadency of our nowadays society or even by playful constructions of reality. His ideas and conceptual art are expressed through all different kinds of media: sculptures, installations, video, performances and design. Since 2014 he has been represented by BERNHEIMER CONTEMPORARY and until 2018 he has participated in 28 exhibitions like Kunstmesse München or Venice Architecture Biennale. Currently he is preparing several national and international solo & group exhibitions.
ROGER REKLESS AKA DAVID MAYONGA
Rekless does things! So it says in the Instagram-bio of Roger Rekless aka David Mayonga - and that's true. The 38-year-old from Munich is many things: DJ, rapper, producer, presenter, host, pedagogue, artist, musician and author. Roger is an all-rounder who brings all his talents and areas of activity together again and again. But also someone who raises his voice and does what has to be done: he exposes himself to opinions and people - and even writes a book if necessary. No matter what he is doing, everything interacts and influences each other. Rapping, writing, reading, moderating, but also working with children - a continuous exchange. Before he joins Deichkind on their big tour beginning of 2020, Roger Rekless goes on a reading tour with his book "Jeder neben jedem".
A highly concentrated blend of hypnotic drums and multifaceted pop song-writing with guitars. Sparkling means electrified post-punk, breathless and elegant, somewhere between Cologne and London. Without a doubt, their sound represents the great global promise of pop like no other act has managed to do for a long time - especially not from Germany. If you are after sweaty euphoria, this is your promised land.
MELISSA JANE PICKERING
Melissa leads the interactive product design team at LEGO, blending digital and physical play for kids of all ages around the world. She has worked in the field of kid’s products for over a decade, from innovating theme parks as a rollercoaster engineer to founding & selling her own startup in education technology. At LEGO she has led the design of several products that use technology to re-engage kids in physical play. Her guiding star through the years in product development has been to stay grounded in the physical world, even with the increasing reliance on digital.
The American choreographer tries to give contemporary dance a new face in collaboration with artists from a wide variety of disciplines. Richard was awarded a Bessie Award and the German Theatre Prize Der Faust for his innovative projects. He has created for the Ballet National de Marseille, the Gothenburg Danskompani, the Bavarian State Ballet and is artist in residence at the Muffatwerk Munich. In 2016 he founded "Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference", which sees itself as an alternative to the institutionalized ballet of the present and, with the beginning of the 2019/20 season, is based at Schauspiel Köln/Tanz Köln.
FRANZI VON KEMPIS
Franzi von Kempis lives and works as a journalist in Berlin. With the ironic title "Die besorgte Bürgerin" she has established her own video brand on the internet since 2015, which offers a contra to false information and hatred in terms of content. Franzi von Kempis wants to encourage people to raise their voices and interfere in discussions. In her first book "Anleitung zum Widerspruch" she provides facts and arguments to counter false information and prejudices. She says: "I want us to become louder. That we contradict when someone spreads hatred, sows hatred and violates basic laws. Because we are more. And that's what you should hear." Since 2018, she has been Head of the video section for the t-online.de editorial team.
MICHAEL JOHN GORMAN
Michael John Gorman is Founding Director of BIOTOPIA, a new museum of life sciences and environment in development at Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich, and Professor of Life Sciences in Society at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Previously Michael John founded Science Gallery in Dublin, dedicated to igniting creativity and discovery where science and art collide. In 2012 he founded Science Gallery International with galleries now being established in London, Melbourne, Bangalore, Venice, Detroit and Rotterdam. Michael John was previously Lecturer in Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University and has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University, Stanford University and MIT. His new book Idea Colliders: The Future of Science Museums will be published by MIT Press in 2020.
Katherine is the Policy and Knowledge Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. She has over eight years’ experience in various roles with Oxfam GB - as a Senior Researcher for the Global Research Team, UK Policy Manager, and Research and Policy Advisor for Oxfam Scotland. Katherine instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments; developed Oxfam's Humankind Index; and led Oxfam's work on a 'human economy'. She was Rapporteur for Club de Madrid's Working Group on Shared Societies and Sustainability and sits on a range of advisory groups, including for the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity and the Omina Foundation. Katherine is Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. Her most recent book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) was published in January 2019.