About UNFINISHED

UNFINISHED Festival brings together creativity, technology, business leaders and entrepreneurs to inspire and motivate the public at large through a series of keynote addresses, interactive panels, hands-on workshops, masterclasses, and unconference style brainstorming sessions, as well as exhibitions, networking events and concerts. Each event belongs to one of the four pillars Inspire, Connect, Empower, Change, and will engage the attendees in an intellectual and artistic introspection of the ways in which creativity can be an agent of positive change in society.

WHERE

SALA DALLES
Bd. Nicolae Balcescu nr. 18
Sector 1, Bucuresti

WHEN

Thursday to Sunday
25-28 May 2017


A platform for inspiration and ideas exchange

The UNFINISHED Festival will connect creatives, entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists, media influencers, students, and professionals. Besides the interactive leadership and development sessions, the Festival aims to offer a platform to showcase and share ideas, thus encouraging collaborations that will inspire new projects in the local and regional creative industries.


A visually-rich experience spanning across mediums

Starting on May 11 and concluding the Festival, the World Press Photo exhibition will present the best photojournalism from around the world. In a separate but tangential conversation, the Festival will showcase artists and projects that comment on society, history and the current geopolitical context, hoping to encourage the audience to question their place in the world, as well as their role in their communities they belong to.


Festival Program

  • DAY 1: THURSDAY SEP 27


  • Check-in, meet the team, get your badge; start exploring the exhibition space and meet the community!
    OPENING
    Where
    Festival Check-In / A3 Entrance

  • A few words from festival founder Cristian Movila and UNFINISHED18 master of ceremony Ian Daly.
    OPENING
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Nicknamed the grandfather of performance art and internationally known for his seminal one-year-long performances, Taiwanese artist Tehching Hsieh presents a lifetime of high-stamina projects. Living and breathing the freedom that illuminates those who manage to create their own systems despite the rigidity of our society, his work will inspire anyone who seeks to breach the walls of their societal cages.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Technology is upending the world. Change is the new normal. Disruptive innovation has become the status quo. Everything is up for grabs: the future of business, of consciousness, of the planet. Television personality and NatGeo’s BrainGames TV host Jason Silva maps out this unique inflection point in human history, where exponential technologies are revealing to us just how ‘unfinished’ we truly are, and rather than fear this coming transformation, we should embrace it as the ultimate opportunity to self-direct our own evolution and literally render our own imaginations.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Where
    Exhibition Space A

  • DAY 2: FRIDAY SEP 28


  • Mindfulness is about bringing attention on purpose, on the present moment, non-judgementally. Experiencing mindfulness practice is about our full commitment to be present in each moment, it’s about inviting ourselves to face this moment in full awareness, with acceptance, kindness and compassion.

    The class will be a guided meditation.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Circular Room

  • With a mixture of ashtanga and hatha yoga, "Yoga of Presence" is a practice that aims at finding harmony in both the body and the mind in order to allow us to perceive, to notice and to be interested in Presence, a word I use to describe the sense of peace and satisfaction that can be found in oneself independent of what may or may not happen outside. Presence is another word for freedom.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • Coffee provided by STEAM.
    Where
    Lobby

  • How is it possible that cities function so radically differently than professional organizations? And how could we get inspired from them to build the organizations of the future? This presentation will make the case of bringing back social values and norms into the intimate fabric of corporations and why this is something that expands the pie for all constituencies involved.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Meet the artist behind the interactive library and discover the history of his (UNFINISHED) site and time-specific project. This talk is a chance to reflect on the critical condition of knowledge today—from fragmentation to physicality or absence—and respond to the project's invitation for literary liberation.
    OPEN DISCUSSION
    Where
    Exhibition Space B

  • An homage to Douglas Adams' fabulous life work and an analysis of misleading perceptions about mental illness, from its out-worldly perceptions to the rationalized python-esque stanza of "disorder" and the social games of stigma and anti-stigma surrounding it.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • In order to listen we have to make space. Talking about the value in making space for the viewer to interact with his work, Herzog takes us through ideas that have manifested as projects that he’s done with Google, his studio HAWRAF and his self initiated works.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • An open artist talk from behind the scene of Numen’s site-specific tape installation and the collective’s hybrid, social and experimental practice.
    OPEN DISCUSSION
    Where
    Exhibition Space A

  • A casual conversation to warm up about blockchain, bitcoin, virtual reality and mixed reality between two entrepreneurs using immersive and ever-evolving technologies to change the ways in which we see, work, invent, empower and—ultimately—impact the world.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Auditorium.
    OPEN DISCUSSION
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • No team, no budget but a license to create: a talk about ways to make an idea come true, from organic agriculture, women leadership and a range of yogurt to call for tolerance.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • A 3 day sensorial installation / workshop exploring normative methods of productivity and ideation in a faux corporate environment. As the corporate environment shifts to being an increasingly performative endeavor, "Office Hours" will examine the effect of pure conceptual exploration on the biological surroundings. Using plant sonification technology as a metaphor for the traditional “water cooler”, we will transform the space into an environment that responds in real-time to the input/output of a participant’s involvement. Over the course of 3 days, participants will produce work based on different prompts in an effort to effect the dynamics of their corporate environment.

    ATTENDEES MUST ATTEND ALL 3 SESSIONS: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3 - 4pm. THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY.

    Please email Capucine Gros cgros@eidosfoundation.org to join the waiting list. You will be contacted only if someone cancels.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Workshop Space

  • A performance, in homage to Romanian sculpture Constantin Brancusi's infamous piece, using a newly developed method of measuring a space by kissing it every 40cm. The result, a performed drawing, will be henceforth be exhibited as part of the UNKNOWING KNOWNS | KNOWING UNKNOWNS exhibition.
    PERFORMANCE
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • In Herman Melville’s words, “a thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” The speed of our technology revolution comes with great potential yet heavy responsibility. The speakers on this panel will discuss how, in a hyperconnected world of twitter politicians, smart homes, fake news, big data and online healthcare, campaigns and communities, their respective industries handle connectivity and particularly the risk of disconnecting physically while connecting virtually.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Auditorium.
    CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PANEL
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED. A broadcast of the Throne Hall will be on view in the auditorium instead. Stefan Sagmeister is sorry to miss UNFINISHED but is virtually joining us by means of his 2016 autobiographical documentary “The Happy Film.”

    Can you impact on your own happiness? Most of us have grappled with career goals, relationships and even our own happiness. But how many of us have taken the time to really explore what can make us happy? Would it be meditation, therapy, drugs, or something else? Could you achieve happiness by design? Turning himself into a design project, New York-based designer Stefan Sagmeister attempts to change his personality to become a better person. And in the process he takes us on a personal journey to find out what causes happiness. Things don't go as planned.
    MOVIE
    Where
    Auditorium

  • A discussion about #casabuhnici—the first premium passive house from Romania and one of the top 10 houses around the world—and about sustainability, environmental impacts of buildings and how our living style influences our thinking of new buildings.

    THIS WORKSHOP IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. Please note its location was changed to the AUDITORIUM.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Call him composer, DJ, artist, sound maker or disrupter, Nicolás Jaar has produced a multitude of awe-inspiring projects over the past decade and has been hiding a myriad of even more mysterious ones up his sleeves. In this live interview of one of the most defying sound makers, Farah Nayeri will enquire about his against-the-grain practice, the importance of curiosity, and the urgency of taking risks and blazing new paths.

    Please note this event is first come, first serve and will not be recorded nor broadcasted.
    OPEN DISCUSSION
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • At 31, Gulalai is Pakistan’s youngest parliamentarian and the first woman from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas to hold such office. Come witness the first-hand account of a humbling and awe-inspiring life dedicated to defying norms, fighting for change, speaking against harassment, standing up in the face of attacks of all kinds, and keeping course despite the storms that can steer one adrift.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • A presentation about the MESA METHOD—a team-based work system designed to solve complex challenges by unleashing human potential to process more and execute faster. Going over the last 6 years during which 132 MESAS were led in more than 50 different organizations from all over the globe—including Google, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Auckland Council—with some of the most brilliant professionals of our generation—including Kobe Bryant, Perry Chen, Cindy Gallop and Neil Harbisson, we'll share learnings and examples of successful cases, as well as practical tools to allow people to work in a more efficient way.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Where
    Exhibition Space A

  • DAY 3: SATURDAY SEP 29


  • Building on Carlos L'Abbate's "Yoga of Presence" practice, yet open to any level of experience and all forms of meditation, this session welcomes you to reconnect with this moment, the world and yourself in a silent embrace of the whole.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Circular Room

  • Mindfulness is about bringing attention on purpose, on the present moment, non-judgementally. Experiencing mindfulness practice is about our full commitment to be present in each moment, it’s about inviting ourselves to face this moment in full awareness, with acceptance, kindness and compassion.

    The class will be a guided meditation.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Circular Room

  • Unifying the mind and body cleares the path for the true nature of the Being to unfold. With deep awareness towards breath and posture, the class is focused on clearing the energy channels in order to find that space inside where infinite possibilities reside. Simple yet profound, a class tailored for every body.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • Inviting artists from the #UNFINISHED18 exhibition “UNKWOING KNOWNS | KNOWING UNKNOWNS”, moderator Farah Nayeri will explore with them the ways in which their work engages with the investigative and cross-disciplinary importance of research, context and looking beyond our field of vision. They will discuss the presence and influence of all forms of knowledge in their practice, from information and data to the more open-ended, ongoing processes of empathy, emotional intelligence, sensorial perception and, ultimately, action. A talk for anybody—artist or not—to remember the importance of seeing the world from the viewpoint of another.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Auditorium.
    ARTIST PANEL
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • Defending risk-takers from across the globe, Attorney Kimberly Motley introduces her client Maria Toorpakay Wazir to share her story and daring path of human rights fights and legal battles. A horizon-opening look at how creative one can be about making justice, breaking molds, defying systems and cracking open new ways even in the most deadlocked of situations.

    Please note that this session contains confidential information and cannot be recorded or broadcasted.
    OPEN DISCUSSION
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • Coming from a wide range of professional horizons, participants of this round table will discuss creative strategies from their respective industries—from hospitality, conservation, VR, creative marketing and conflict resolution—to better build societies and empower people from the bottom-up. A talk about how utopian ideals can be implemented into real life principles across the world and across disciplines.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Auditorium.
    CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PANEL
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • A live performance by the artist who will play a conceptual piece of music composed from all her receipts collected over an entire year, transcribing sums into notes and in so-doing transforming the very evidence of her consumerism into a unique dadaesque ode.
    PERFORMANCE
    Where
    Auditorium

  • A 3 day sensorial installation / workshop exploring normative methods of productivity and ideation in a faux corporate environment. As the corporate environment shifts to being an increasingly performative endeavor, "Office Hours" will examine the effect of pure conceptual exploration on the biological surroundings. Using plant sonification technology as a metaphor for the traditional “water cooler”, we will transform the space into an environment that responds in real-time to the input/output of a participant’s involvement. Over the course of 3 days, participants will produce work based on different prompts in an effort to effect the dynamics of their corporate environment.

    ATTENDEES MUST ATTEND ALL 3 SESSIONS: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3 - 4pm. THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY.

    Please email Capucine Gros cgros@eidosfoundation.org to join the waiting list. You will be contacted only if someone cancels.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Workshop Space

  • Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, former beauty queen Attorney Kimberly Motley has earned the reputation of one of the world’s most respected and successful international lawyers. Her presentation will survey some highlights of her vast experience representing people on almost every continent and showcase her talent for challenging outdated illegal cultural norms and focusing on laws that are underutilized.

    Please note that this session contains confidential information and cannot be recorded or broadcasted.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • For his second participation to UNFINISHED, Luca Zamoc returns with a new site-specific installation "Tempesta" that will be continuously worked on during the festival. Meet the artist in this open discussion moderated by our MC Ian Daly and, with this chance to witness an artwork in progress, let's remind ourselves of the importance of process over result, learning over learned, and journey over destination.
    OPEN DISCUSSION
    Where
    Lobby

  • The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives. Yet the expectations and social norms of these relationships are quickly shifting beneath our feet. A penetrating observer of cultural patterns, Esther explores the complicated and contradictory needs that are shaping relationships today. In this talk, she paves a path forward for thriving connections.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Book launch and signing in partnership with Curtea Veche Publishing. Meet the author and get your copies of "Inteligenta erotica (Mating in Captivity)" and "Regandirea infidelitatii" (The State of Affairs)" signed.
    Where
    Circular Room

  • Entering this discussion from completely different angles, this quatuor will discuss who, how and what pulls the strings in today’s political systems and international relations, looking at the power of storytelling in media campaigns, the impact of press and image(s), the potential of civic projects and grassroots movements, and the stories that governments don’t like to share.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Auditorium.
    CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PANEL
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • A journey for the mind and soul under the expert guidance of wine critic and “Dame Chevalier” of the Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne Marinela V. Ardelean. The most curious palate will also have the possibility to experience an unconventional pairing with the Marilyn Monroe's favourite Champagne.

    THIS EXCLUSIVE WINE-TASING EVENT IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE AND HAS A LIMITED CAPACITY OF 60 PEOPLE.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Royal Dining Hall

  • A performance-based lecture about the artist's most recent projects. Widely regarded as one of the world's most politically engaging yet poetic artists, Alfredo Jaar will walk us through his enlightening work ethics and philosophy, anchored in a profound understanding of the world, heavy research and an acute sensibility for enabling social and intellectual change through his practice.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Firmly grounded in the challenge of our current moment and worded specially for the UNFINISHED18 community, poet and activist Aja Monet will perform some of her most moving poetry. Dancing between art, activism and culture ; her voice is that of a cross-border lyricist able to twist and shake the delicate balance between speech and song.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PERFORMANCE
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Where
    Exhibition Space A

  • DAY 4: SUNDAY SEP 30


  • A chance to witness the creation of Andrew Herzog's site-specific public intervention around MNAR, the National Museum of Art and home of #UNFINISHED18.

    This event is open to the public.
    PERFORMANCE
    Where
    Around the museum

  • Mindfulness is about bringing attention on purpose, on the present moment, non-judgementally. Experiencing mindfulness practice is about our full commitment to be present in each moment, it’s about inviting ourselves to face this moment in full awareness, with acceptance, kindness and compassion.

    The class will be a guided meditation.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Circular Room

  • Unifying the mind and body cleares the path for the true nature of the Being to unfold. With deep awareness towards breath and posture, the class is focused on clearing the energy channels in order to find that space inside where infinite possibilities reside. Simple yet profound, a class tailored for every body.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • Coffee provided by STEAM.
    Where
    Lobby

  • A fairly unfocused and potentially emotional presentation of 10 years of PLAYLAB, INC., an extremely multi-disciplinary and small creative studio in New York.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • The Renaissance ideal of the polymath—a person whose expertise spans across many subjects and spheres of knowledge—has fallen out of style. Many pervasive systems, from education to profession, forces us now to specialize ourselves into niches and box ourselves into labels. The polymaths of this panel will discuss the implications of this trend and debate on the value of cross-disciplinarity today.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PANEL
    Where
    Auditorium

  • In this intimate interview, Patricia Cohen will help us trace the background story of one of Romania's most successful entrepreneurs and managers; and dig deeper into the driving principles of pushing boundaries and thinking creatively about business. We will hear more about Iulian Stanciu's professional trajectory but especially about what stretches far beyond, drawing parallels between his learnings and other areas of life; from trust, failure and partners to delegation and happiness.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Auditorium.
    OPEN DISCUSSION
    Where
    Throne Hall

  • A 3 day sensorial installation / workshop exploring normative methods of productivity and ideation in a faux corporate environment. As the corporate environment shifts to being an increasingly performative endeavor, "Office Hours" will examine the effect of pure conceptual exploration on the biological surroundings. Using plant sonification technology as a metaphor for the traditional “water cooler”, we will transform the space into an environment that responds in real-time to the input/output of a participant’s involvement. Over the course of 3 days, participants will produce work based on different prompts in an effort to effect the dynamics of their corporate environment.

    ATTENDEES MUST ATTEND ALL 3 SESSIONS: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3 - 4pm. THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY.

    Please email Capucine Gros cgros@eidosfoundation.org to join the waiting list. You will be contacted only if someone cancels.
    WORKSHOP
    Where
    Workshop Space

  • A discussion of a vision for the deepening of democracy and a strategy for how to get there.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • The artist’s account of living with her father locked into his body by a severe brain-stem stroke, transcribing his words and documenting their experience together through the witnessing—and perhaps cathartic—lens of her camera.

    Please note that once this event reaches capacity, it will be broadcasted live in the Throne Hall.
    PRESENTATION
    Where
    Auditorium

  • Some last words from the founder... until next year!
    Where
    Auditorium

  • PERFORMANCE
    Where
    Exhibition Space A

  • Keep the festival UNFINISHED with this late night event after hours, c/o undercover DJs OFFICE HOURS (Joel Evey and Archie Lee Coates IV).
    PERFORMANCE
    Where
    Exhibition Space A

Our Speakers & Artists

Thought and creative leaders from over 10 countries
Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh

Architect, Designer, Off-White™ Founder + Kanye West
UNFINISHED

UNFINISHED

Sergiu Ardelean

Sergiu Ardelean

Co-Founder, ARTVIVE
Alexandria Algard

Alexandria Algard

Architect, Founder of Alexandria Algard architects + President of Norway’s National Association of Architects
Alexandru Berceanu

Alexandru Berceanu

Deputy Director, CINETic

Josh Begley

Josh Begley

Data Artist + App Developer
[work by] Pavel Brăila

[work by] Pavel Brăila

Artist
Enrico Bossan

Enrico Bossan

Creative Director, Fabrica
Mihai Botarel

Mihai Botarel

Co-Founder + Creative Director, RXM Creative
[music by] Electric Brother

[music by] Electric Brother


Micha Bruinvels

Micha Bruinvels

Director of Contests at World Press Photo
George Buhnici

George Buhnici

Moderator, ProTV
Alice Cabaret

Alice Cabaret

Founder, The Street Society
Emilian Cartis

Emilian Cartis

Founder, Romanian Design Council
Ian Daly

Ian Daly

Head of Brand Strategy, Live Nation

Ioana Filip

Ioana Filip

Executive Creative Director, MRM//McCann
[VR experiences by] Felix & Paul

[VR experiences by] Felix & Paul

Co-Founders & Creative Directors
Rob Fitzpatrick

Rob Fitzpatrick

YCombinator Alumnus + Author of The Mom Test
Radu Georgescu

Radu Georgescu

Founding Partner, GECAD
GOLAN

GOLAN

Music Act

Marius Hodea

Marius Hodea

VR Artist + CINETic Research Assistant
Capucine Gros

Capucine Gros

Artist
Jason Grullon

Jason Grullon

Co-Founder, VIRTUROCKS + DelCayo
Cosmin Haiaș

Cosmin Haiaș

Artist
Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar

Artist, Architect + Filmmaker

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Modern Love Editor, The New York Times
Andrei Lăscuţ

Andrei Lăscuţ

Founder, The Temple
Laura Nedelschi

Laura Nedelschi

Creative Director, Kubis Interactive
Cristian Leonte

Cristian Leonte

Moderator, ProTV
[music by] Next Ex

[music by] Next Ex


Bogdan Nicolai

Bogdan Nicolai

TV Presenter, Alist
Liviu Popescu

Liviu Popescu

Co-Founder, Fratelli
Mihai Popescu

Mihai Popescu

Designer + Co-Founder, Fratelli
Adrian Oianu

Adrian Oianu

Designer & Founder, Adrian Oianu
[music by] Robin and the Backstabbers

[music by] Robin and the Backstabbers


[work by] Jan Rothuizen

[work by] Jan Rothuizen

Artist
Onika Simon

Onika Simon

Innovation Director, Spokehub
Alvy Ray Smith

Alvy Ray Smith

Co-Founder, PIXAR
Oana Stănescu

Oana Stănescu

Architect & Founding Partner, Family
Max Stossel

Max Stossel

Poet + Filmmaker + Advocate at Time Well Spent

Lucy Styles

Lucy Styles

Senior Architect, SANAA
Guillaume Vaslin-Reimann

Guillaume Vaslin-Reimann

Co-Founder, VIRTUROCKS + DelCayo
Oana P. Vainer

Oana P. Vainer

Artist
Venturi & Vasiljević

Venturi & Vasiljević

Artists Duo
Luca Zamoc

Luca Zamoc

Artist

Location

SALA DALLES
Bd. Nicolae Balcescu nr. 18
Sector 1, Bucuresti





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