Therme Art Program

Forum Live


The Wellbeing Culture Forum is a series of online and offline discussions devised in response to the ongoing pandemic and the ensuing global crisis. Gathering experts from diverse fields, the series fosters the necessary collaboration and knowledge transfer to realise a vision of the city and its cultural activity in symbiosis with the natural world, generating a holistic approach towards the health of humanity.

The Wellbeing Culture Forum conversations are designed to create ‘insights for action’ that will become part of the ‘Wellbeing City Manifesto’. This will be made freely available worldwide, for individuals and organisations to implement and influence positive cultural change.

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The 2021 Serpentine Pavilion

Moderated by journalist Yomi Adegoke, the talk brought together Counterspace Co-Founder and architect of the 20th Serpentine Pavilion Sumayya Vally, Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, and artist Torkwase Dyson in a discussion that illuminated the influences and creative processes behind the design of the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion and its related sound piece by Dyson. The talk also provided space to meditate on what is possible when architecture is utilised to amplify the presence of multiplicity and migration in London and beyond. Learn more here.

Through the Lens of Creative Practice

The second talk featured musician and rapper ENNY and fashion designer Priya Ahluwalia alongside Sumayya Vally and Torkwase Dyson, who shared stories from past and present histories, addressing subjects that ranged from diaspora, migration, and intergenerationally, to gentrification and identity, and that inform each of the artists’ work. Learn more here.


Shaping a Mental Health Economy

The talk took inspiration from Dutch artist duo DRIFT’S Shy Synchrony installation at Design Miami/ Basel 2021, which was situated within Forest of Space, an elliptical site-specific pavilion designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Panelists and audience gathered inside the installation to explore the fundamental re-contouring needed at the levels of policy, design, community engagement, environmentalism, and urban planning in the construction of environments that heal rather than constrain. Learn more here.



Growing a Symbiotic City

Our talk From Non-Extractive to Generative Architectures: Growing a Symbiotic City proposed a type of architecture that doesn’t just stop at neutrality or non-extractivism, but that also cultivates biodiversity and an abundance of natural resources. Bringing together experts from the fields of architecture, activism, art and design, and science, and in conversation with the design studio Space Caviar, the talk explored the possibilities of such regenerative architectures in urban planning and future policy reform. Learn more here.


The Garden of Privatised Delights

In the British Pavilion, the exhibition The Garden of Privatised Delights considers privatisation, access and ownership, inviting architects, designers and researchers to propose new models for public space. Responding to the themes arising from the exhibition, as well as La Biennale more broadly, Experiments in New Spatial Contracts: The Garden of Privatised Delights explored the importance of creativity and collaboration in place-making, while also considering the role of technology in creating new publics in the wake of Covid-19. Learn more here.


The Smell of Gaia’s Molecules

Collectively authored by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Christina Agapakis and Sissel Tolaas, Resurrecting the Sublime is an immersive installation that fuses pioneering science and creative thinking to revive the smells of flowers lost due to human activity. Exhibited in the Giardini, the work is a compelling addition to the 2021 year’s Biennale, prompting audiences to think about life, extinction and the scale of human impact within the Anthropocene. Responding to the artwork, Resurrecting the Sublime: The Smell of Gaia’s Molecules set out to examine these themes in greater detail and to sketch the outline of a new multidisciplinary culture founded on human and environmental wellbeing. Learn more here.


The Politics of Gaia

Presented within the exhibition Resilient Communities, in the Italian Pavilion, Mutual Aid is an innovative installation created by Pnat, the Florence-based think- tank of scientists, architects and designers led by Stefano Mancuso. Highlighting the cooperation intrinsic to plant and animal life, the work stresses the urgent need for a more symbiotic relation to the natural world. Inspired by the multidisciplinary work of Pnat, as well as the writings of anarchist thinker Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid: The Politics of Gaia invites scientists, designers and architects to consider the social and political lessons of plants and animals, as well as putting forward practical solutions to foster greater reciprocity with natural life. Learn more here.


The Transformative Potential of Art, 14 April

The Wellbeing Culture Forum returns for a new season with a very special panel discussion presented in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries, featuring: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries (Moderator); Es Devlin, artist and designer; Torkwase Dyson, artist; Tino Sehgal, artist; and Mikolaj Sekutowicz, CEO and Curator, Therme Art (Host). “Experiencing to Reconnect” explores the power of art to forge community through shared experience, helping us navigate this crisis and the next. While working in different media and registers, the artists in conversation explore questions of experience and shared space, creating new points of connection to foster a renewed awareness of our symbiotic relationship to each other and our natural world. Learn more here.




Renewing its Principles 100 Years Later, 11 September 

The Bauhaus movement revolutionised our cities and lifestyles 100 years ago out of an artistic impulse. Today, under the sign of the mono-cultivation of our planet, climate change, and viral pandemics, we ask ourselves, what could it mean to renew the humanist Bauhaus idea with local and ecological differences and desires, reigniting it anew. Watch the livestream and learn more here


Transforming a Hypothesis into Action, 11 September 

The Gaia Hypothesis, proposed by Lynn Margulis and James Lovelock in the 1970s, has become particularly relevant in light of the current crises. It is undeniably clear that today we must reposition ourselves within the totality of nature. How can artists, architects, scientists, and designers bring this theory to consciousness and translate it into action? Watch the livestream and learn more here


Systems of Creativity and Improvisation, 12 September

The COVID-19 pandemic has unsettled our institutionalised methods of art production and its reception. We must now learn to create in the void of uncertainty. How can we learn from improvisation, both as well as an artistic and architectural methodology. We must now learn to create in the void of uncertainty but crisis have always been a strong catalyst for creativity. How can we learn from improvisation? Watch the livestream and learn more here.


Transforming Interior and Exterior Life, 12 September 

Art can inspire, but it can also help us cope with the conflicts and confusions of daily life and locate spaces of community in dislocation. How can the therapeutic qualities of art serve as a catalyst for progress, in both urban and natural landscapes? How can art design spaces for spirituality, meaning and contemplation? Watch the livestream and learn more here


Immersive Experiences in Art, Nature and Cities, 12 September 

Today, more and more contemporary artists are extending their canvas into physical, social and mental spaces, thus creating alternative spaces, instead of ones defined by history, religion and politics. The recently launched Superblue initiative unites artists using this approach worldwide. How can we expand this artistic impulse to create holistic urban spaces that enhance our mental and physical wellbeing? How could an experience economy promote sustainable and ecological living Watch the livestream and learn more here.


Artistic Strategies in Reshaping Reality, 13 September 

Among the acute crises, the fragility of our entire culture is revealed. Cultural players in particular are called upon today to apply their practices of transformation, adaptation and manifestation developed in the art space to social realities, to sculpt the future. The talk reflected self-critically on new responsibilities. Watch the livestream and learn more here


A City as an Artistic Laboratory, 13 September 

Since the fall of the wall, Berlin has been an epicentre for artistic and architectural experiments, attracting artists from all over the world. Recently, however, the international press spoke about “Berlin fatigue”. Within the current zeitgeist, how can we take up, control and revive what was created in Berlin by a historical coincidence? What new ideas and forms emerged in the last half year that can be the driving force for innovation in the years to come? Watch the livestream and learn more here


Fostering a Systems-Approach to Urban Life, 2 September

Catalysed by the recent publication of Therme Group’s ambitious green paper Human Cities: Increasing Urban Wellbeing, this Wellbeing Culture Forum session will outline the traits of the human city, focusing on the vital role of culture and creativity in creating urban environments more compatible with the wellbeing both of humans and the natural world. Watch the online discussion and learn more here.


The Gains of Collaborative Design, 29 July

In order to truly enhance human wellbeing, city design needs to move beyond optimising single parameters to a more holistic approach. Architectures of Health and Happiness explored additional components such as inclusivity, diversity and fulfilment, which are needed to achieve healthier and more robust cities. Watch the online discussion and learn more here.


Shaping a Participatory Reality, 24 June

In partnership with British Council and moderated by their Director of Visual Arts, Emma Dexter, this session brought together voices from across disciplines, starting from architecture and expanding into art, design and science, to investigate how cultural adaptation in urban environments is crucial to navigating our changing world. Watch the online discussion and learn more here.


Redesigning Common Rituals, 17 June

Featuring, among others, Global Director of Art Basel Marc Spiegler and Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Manchester International Festival and The Factory, John McGrath, this discussion examined the importance of live events for the wellbeing of cultural life in society. Watch the online discussion and learn more here.


How Art Can Liberate Architecture, 27 May

Featuring curator and Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, Hans Ulrich Obrist, along with architects Junya Ishigami, Sumayya Vally, Frida Escobedo, Stefano Boeri, artist Torkwase Dyson as well as Therme Art curator Mikolaj Sekutowicz. Inspired by the Serpentine Pavilion Programme, the session focused on the relationship between art and architecture. Watch the online discussion and learn more here.


Curatorial Session, 20 May

Led by architect Arthur Mamou-Mani and Professor Sarah Wilson, the session involved a VR walk-through of Mamou-Mani’s Catharsis, the structure originally planned for Burning Man 2020. You can read more about the event here.





All public events will be streamed LIVE at the top of this page, and are also broadcasted through Therme Art’s media channels:
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