Frequently Asked Questions
How does Forecast work?
For each edition, Forecast selects six mentors of various disciplines who offer interested participants their expertise in specifying and realizing their project ideas. Creative minds from anywhere in the world working in various disciplines are invited to submit project proposals via an open call. The selection process is two-tiered. First, the mentors select three nominated concepts each, which will be announced on May 5, 2021. The 18 nominees—three in each field—are invited to Berlin to discuss their ideas and present them at the radialsystem during the Forecast Forum taking place July 19–25, 2021. Following the Forum, nominees will finetune their proposals based on the exchanges with their respective mentor, and submit the revised versions by August 27, 2021. On September 1, each mentor will select one concept to accompany to its realization over the following months. The outcomes of these collaborations will then be presented at the Forecast Festival, taking place at the radialsystem, Berlin, in April 2022.
Who may apply?
Anyone from anywhere who is working creatively in a field that they consider connected with one of the mentors in this year’s edition, or in related practices. We recommend looking at the mentors’ statements and familiarizing yourself with their work before deciding whether to apply, and with what project. After all, you and the mentor would work together for several months if you’re selected, so you should have an idea of what they would be able to provide in their mentorship role.
Am I too inexperienced? Or am I too far along in my career?
As Forecast is meant for creative thinkers who push the boundaries of genres and disciplines, it could be that you do not have a wide range of experience related to the category you’re applying in, but do in other creative fields. We are also convinced that being a forward thinker does not necessarily have to do with age. It means that you are setting out to explore new territories, so we do not impose any age limit.
What are the criteria for getting invited? Who decides?
Forecast’s core interest is the individual quality of each proposal. Each mentor personally decides whom he or she wants to invite to the Forecast Forum, and, after workshopping with the three nominees during the Forum week, whose project will be brought to fruition together and showcased at the Forecast Festival. While developing your application, please consider what might be a connection between your practice and that of the intended mentor.
How may I benefit as a participant? What can I expect?
Forecast provides the exchange of thoughts—including criticism, inspiration, and encouragement—from experienced and open-minded people leading remarkable careers. Functioning as an interdisciplinary mentorship program, Forecast provides access to a unique network, be it through the mentors and participants involved, the organizations collaborating with Forecast, or the institutions that our mentors lead or work with. A key benefit could be the opportunity to achieve a first realization of the project you have been dreaming of, and to present it to the public.
Will travel and accommodation costs to the events in Berlin be covered?
If you are invited to present your concept at the Forecast Forum in Berlin, Forecast will grant you accommodation and travel costs, and provide infrastructure and space for your presentation at radialsystem. However, if you apply as a duo or collective, Forecast can cover travel and accommodation for only one member.
Is Forecast a grant?
Forecast is first and foremost a mentorship program meant to promote a deep transdisciplinary exchange and extend professional networks. If you are selected as a nominee and later, as a mentee, you will also receive an artist fee and production budget, in addition to support in applying to further collaborations and/or funding. See our Terms and Conditions for more details regarding artist fee and production support.
Is Forecast a residency?
No. The only gatherings happening in Berlin are the week of the Forecast Forum and later, the Forecast Festival. The mentoring may take place wherever each mentor and mentee live or work. However, Forecast will organize a joint work–stay meeting for both mentor and mentee, lasting anywhere between several days up to a few weeks and hosted by a partner institution. The place and time of that work–stay phase will be agreed upon after the Forecast Forum.
What do the events look like?
The Forecast Forum is meant for discussing and further developing the submitted proposals, and to test the potentials of individual practices and possible mentor–mentee collaborations. As an invited participant, you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with a group of fascinating practitioners, both mentors and fellow participants, and to present and discuss your concept in a semi-public context. Each mentor will work on the proposals by their three invited participants, aiming to find meaningful ways to develop them further. The radialsystem building will be available for workshops, discussions, installations, performances, or other kinds of presentations. The event’s semi-public nature means that visitors have to register, so that the audience will mainly consist of colleagues and friends.
The concluding Forecast Festival showcases the results of all six productions to the public, and conveys the project development and the mentoring process as such. This can happen in the form of installations, concerts, video screenings, performances, or any other kind of presentation to an audience. Each mentor helps to prepare and fine-tune the mentee’s work.
What will the mentoring process look like?
The nine-month mentoring phase between July 2021 and April 2022 is flexible and not bound to a specific place. The form and frequency of the exchange depends on the mentee’s and mentor’s needs and abilities. While the mentoring itself takes place directly between the mentor and mentee, without Forecast’s mediation, the Forecast team will arrange conversations with both parties at regular intervals to follow the project’s progress.
What happens if the mentor and I just do not fit together?
The nature of the mentorship program implies that the relation between the mentor and the mentee can become quite personal. The Forum week in July will provide a first opportunity to build a relationship and explore ways of discussing each work. We believe that the best possible match will be made, as each mentor decides with whom he or she wants to collaborate only after having the opportunity to engage with all three possible candidates and their projects for an entire week, during the Forum. We are convinced that both the mentees’ and mentors’ interests and curiosity will fuel this process. Certainly, our team will always be there to support and/or moderate the mentoring process, if desired.
May I apply to collaborate with a mentor who usually does not work in the field or discipline I propose?
Absolutely. Each mentor decides whom to invite, depending on what potential they see in your proposal. On our website, each mentor expresses a certain interest and/or expectation regarding the collaboration within Forecast, so we recommend taking these statements into consideration.
I have already done a project that I am proud of. Could I apply proposing this project?
No. Forecast is about the process of developing a new idea, with all its unpredictability. If we do not see the potential for development, your proposal will not fit Forecast’s concept. You may use your portfolio in your application to show the range of your work.
May I submit various projects for one edition of Forecast?
No. Please apply with the project that is most relevant to you.
May I apply for multiple mentors?
No (and yes). If you are undecided about your intended mentor or could imagine an alternative mentor for your project, please mention that in your proposal. It may actually happen that even though your intended mentor does not choose you, another one of the six will take interest in your proposal.
We are a collective. May we apply as a team?
Yes. However, please note that we cannot provide a travel allowance for more than one participant, and the total production budget and artist fee remain the same, regardless how many collaborators are involved.
If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.