Madeleine Schwinge is an artist, curator and advisor, whose practice encompasses painting, drawing, installation, objects, text, and nothing less than the creation of future speculations. She is focusing on habits of humankind, identity, futurology, philosophical and sociocultural transformation issues. Her inventive artistic research and curational work relies upon examining our future selves and perhaps navigate better. Utilizing artistic practice, researching, writing, curation and educating, her work adresses key social, ecological and technological challenges of our time, including digitalizing, clima change and the future of society.
Her multidisciplinary approach is based on philosophical and sociological issues and anchors in a metamodern art logic that oscillates between informed naivety and pragmatic idealism, pursuing an impossible possibility.
Her art series 'The Psychedelic Chicks', is a female rock band that appears in various media between painting, drawing, collage, print and installation. It can be considered as an artistic manifesto for human change and transition. Her art work has been exhibited in Germany, Austria and France, has been published in science context, and was nominated for The Social Art Award 2019.
After graduating in economics, she studied art history (Freie Universität Berlin), fine arts and curation (Universität der Künste Berlin), where she has been trained by distinguished artists and curators.
With a background in strategic planning, brand management and entrepreneurship she has been conducting many concept processes and training programs and was invited as a speaker at a number of congresses. Applying a practical working method that is combining artistic-curatorial approaches with design thinking and life design practice, she also facilitates individuals and groups in bringing fulfilment, meaningfulness and more of themselves into their lives.
For a decade she worked alongside transformational researcher and political scientist Dr. Petra Bock to build a theory and award-winning methodology in the field of mindsets and human behavior.
In 2020, she founded the re:future Lab to explore how contemporary art can catalyze sustainable change. To that end, she designed an applied research approach that strongly emphasizes on a transdisciplinary dialogue and bundles all dimensions of her work, from art creating to editorial and curational work and tutoring, in a conceptual framework entitled 'EMBARKING FUTURE'.
Under the umbrella of the re:future Lab, she curates and organizes art exhibitions, talks, lectures, panels, events and workshops, publishes essays and features, and directs an incubator program for future prototypes.