The politics of futures and the question “who gets to future?” is something I care deeply about.

Identity and context
Ana Tiquia b.1984 [she/her]
I am a mixed-race Filipinx-Irish Australian arts and futures practitioner. I grew up and continue to live and work on the unceded sovereign lands of the Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) people of the Kulin Nation.                                                                                                       

What I do
I am a transdisciplinary practioner who works across the arts, design and technology. My practice includes participatory arts and design, curation, producing, futures research and strategy.
As a futurist, I explore 
arts and cultural practice in relation to 
future inquiry, imagining, and social change. 
My recent projects are public 
interventions: participatory installations 
that invite audiences into dialogue with 
‘the future’. My practice is one of inclusion that aims to ‘future’ with other humans, creatures and things – to generate diverse, plural, and transformative future imaginaries.
I am founder and director of All Tomorrow’s Futures – an initiative that brings artistic and creative practice together with future strategy, fostering public participation in future imagining.  

How I work
Collaborative and participatory practice is at the heart of my work and informs my process-based approach to curation, producing and artistic practice. As a cultural producer I have championed audience-led approaches to exhibition development in museums and galleries, leading community engagement and co-design processes with diverse audiences.

Cares and concerns
The politics of futures and the question “who gets to future?” is something I care deeply about. My arts and future strategy practice aims to develop ever more inclusive methods and contexts to do futures work within. 

My current research explores energy futures, futures of work and labour, the role of arts practice in socio-ecological transition, and the power 
dynamics encoded in algorithmic systems. Enquiry into the politics of futures and the 
cultural specificity of how we understand 
change and recognise agency are ongoing 
themes in my work.

Past projects
My work is transdisciplinary and engages publics in conversations between arts, science, technology and larger questions about our shared futures. As curatorial advisor and creative producer for Somerset House’s Big Bang Data (2015-16) exhibition, I worked with data scientists, artists and designers to translate historic and live London data into interactive, meaningful and evolving portraits of the city. I produced Universe of Sound (2012) for the Philharmonia Orchestra and Science Museum, London – an immersive exhibition exploring the physics of sound through orchestral music. At the Melbourne Museum, I led strategic and creative development for a redevelopment of the Mind & Body gallery (2017), exploring what it means to be human through psychological, biomedical, cultural, societal and environmental lenses.

Who I work with
I have worked with major cultural organisations in Australia and the UK. I previously worked at Museums Victoria where I led the creative development and production of major exhibitions and gallery redevelopments, and have worked in the UK with  Somerset House, the Barbican Centre, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra to develop exhibitions, large-scale installations and interactive projects. I have worked with design consultancies, software developers and independently commissioned and produced a range of artist projects. I am currently Head of Development and Strategy at digital design studio Grumpy Sailor.

I’m co-founder and facilitator of Community Transmissions: a digital residency for live artists to explore the futures of art and art as a future-making practice. I’m also half of artist duo Exogamy – a vehicle for collaboration across human and more-than-human worlds.

Selected awards and recognition        2020 Association of Professional Futurists – Student Recognition Award (Masters Group Category)
Awarded for co-authorship of a paper with Reanna Browne

2020 Australia Council for the Arts: Resilience Grant – Adapt
Awarded to Communtiy Transmissions, with Luna Mrozik-Gawler

2020 City of Melbourne – Covid 19 Rapid Response Arts Grant
Awarded to Community Transmissions, with Luna Mrozik-Gawler

2019 Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Award – Oceania Award
International award recognising innovation in foresight practice, awarded for WORKPLACE

2019 Swinburne University – Peter Luscombe Award 
An award recognising career development in the creative industries, awarded for creativity and ingenuity

2018 Swinburne University
– Endeavour Scholarship,
2015 Arts Council England – Grants for the Arts
Recipient of significant funding to produce, develop and present HEARTFELT: an interactive arts and technology performance project

Artist CV available on request
Professional CV on LinkedIn︎