Winners of EDITS-ARTS 2022 Competition: Life in 2050 with much less energy


The EDITS-ARTS Competition called for submissions to imagine “life in 2050 with much less energy” into art. We challenged positive-minded people to imagine a low energy future. How do YOU envision a future society that has successfully avoided climate change in 2050? How do YOU imagine a world that consumes much less energy by changing behavior, habits, business traditions, and many other aspects of daily life? How will people live? Would everyday life look drastically different in 2050? What are the key social and technological changes that will help? Will there be major behavior shifts depending on where you live?

Sixteen artists were selected as finalists and met the EDITS Community online on a Friday afternoon, 20 May 2022, during the EDITS Annual Meeting 2022.. They presented a broad variety of arts ranging from thoughtful poems, exciting short stories, through lively videos and detailed cartoons, to beautiful paintings and even an innovative technological visual solution. Yet the vision of a positive future is similar, with some common threads including generational interactions, free time, wellbeing and equality, green living, etc. This was an inspirational meeting that will surely bud into ideas on both sides.

The Evaluation Committee found all submissions unique and highly valuable and it was an extreme challenge to select the winner.

  • The winner of the first prize is Futuregram2050, who created a powerful 2-minute video to portray a positive transformative future and has clearly adhered to the three evaluation criteria. The production has a compelling narrative that presents a balance between having access to modern technologies and services using modern digital solutions, while at the same time being also willing to limit the demand. Using an Instagram-like future magical ball, they tell us the story of people living in 2050, with much less energy and with competitions to lower individuals’ impact on the environment using digital and circular solutions. Watch the video below or on Youtube.
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Three other submissions were awarded with a special mention, as they distinguished themselves for the way they pictured a low energy future:

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Other finalists were:

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Special thanks go to the Evaluation Committee:

  • Keigo Akimoto, RITE;
  • Joyee S. Chatterjee, AIT-EDITS;
  • Poornima Kumar, CSTEP/University of Oxford;
  • Masa Sugiyama, University of Tokyo;
  • Elena Verdolini, University of Brescia and RFF-CMCC;
  • Charlie Wilson, University of Oxford;
  • Caroline Zimm, IIASA.

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