The Future Imagination Collaboratory (FIC) is an artist-led, creative research center supporting interdisciplinary, and inter-sectional research and collaborations that identify and solve problems, communicate their solutions, and create a more equitable and more beautiful future for individuals and communities. Drawing inspiration from the earliest collaboratories in computer science and engineering - the first research "centers without walls" - this new research environment, launched in January 2020, enables and facilitates new collaborations across and within NYU as well as with artists, theorists, designers, technologists, community organizations and others.

The core questions of the Collaboratory include: 

  • With the rise of emerging media that disrupts our sense of reality, how do we define reality?
  • How are technologies changing humans?

  • How might community-centric practices help us to adapt, enjoy, and excel amidst cultural acceleration?

How does it work?

The FIC provides an opportunity for thinkers/makers/doers to cross paths with one another and to pursue the resulting and emergent strategies for discovery and invention. By offering time, space and resources to a small and highly-curated number of Fellows, FIC emphasizes quality of experience over quantity. By inviting the Fellows to bring their creative, collaborative, inter-disciplinary networks into their projects, the FIC foregrounds the intrinsic value of all represented fields of knowledge, creating shared language and practices, cultivating hybrid talent, and strategically embedding artists, technologists, designers, scientists and experts in each other’s processes. The inaugural cohort of FIC Fellows were welcomed to Tisch in January 2020 for a one-year experiment that overlapped with the Covid19 global pandemic.

The Future Imagination Collaboratory is a program of the Future Imagination Fund, and is administered by the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research (TCR).


Future Imagination Collaboratory 2021-22

The FIC22 Collaboratory will offer another year-long (hybrid) residency for artists, designers, technologists, and researchers working across disciplines to create new forms of culture. We are looking for artists and other creative researchers with an established creative practice who, through their work, imagine new futures for individuals and communities. In particular, and through a curated nomination process, we invite individuals:

  • with a creative practice that crosses and blurs boundaries of existing disciplines
  • who represent “thought leadership” in their respective fields and communities
  • whose body of work explores the importance of building, nurturing and engaging community
  • who are are tri-state based and have a demonstrated interest in creating, supporting and/or advocating for creative communities of the region (The FIC does not provide housing or housing subsidy.)

Each Collaboratory Researcher will receive a stipend to support their ongoing creative practice, as well as access to general NYU and Tisch resources (including workspace in the Downtown Brooklyn campus of Tisch School of the Arts), faculty and students. From November 2021 through October 2022, the second cohort of FIC Researchers will regularly meet as a community to share work and ideas, will take part in public events, and have an opportunity to work with students. (FIC Researchers may also lead workshops and other activities at NYU's campuses in Brooklyn and in Manhattan under current safety protocols.) There are no specific requirements for artistic work during the residency. However, the expectation is that FIC Researchers continue to develop projects and ideas as part of their ongoing creative practice. Meet the inaugural FIC cohort.