IAM was founded by Lucy Rojas and Andrés Colmenares and sprouted from a need for reflection after a youth spent in hectic Bogota, Colombia. Together, they’ve created a platform defining itself as one connecting the futures of media, learning and the arts. They embrace the peculiarities of our time and don’t shy away from using emoticons throughout their communication. IAM is fresh. They search for the new and the daring, culminating in a three-day long festival that contemplates, but mainly celebrates, digital culture in all its possible connotations. For this year’s third edition, the festival will revolve around the concept of ‘utopias’ and their ‘renaissance’, hinting at the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s like-wisely named novel.
Peculiar, however, is the idea of a future utopian existence in a plural sense, resonating a desire to move away from the Utopia as an unrealistic, nonexistent place, and stressing that everything is still possible in the future, as we can create various scenarios for both ourselves and the world that surrounds us. From today and until the 30th April, over thirty speakers will share their perspective on the matter, spread across five interlinked talk sessions that deal with basically everything that’s post-something: post-contemporary, post-work, post-advertising, post-labels, post-reality. We spoke to Andrés and asked him what to expect of this.