The term “afterimages” (in Polish: “powidoki”) was coined by internationally renowned Polish avant-garde painter, Władysław Strzemiński. In optics, an afterimage is a picture which lingers on the retina after prolonged viewing but, after looking away, manifests itself as an outline of the same shape. Try looking at a bright light intensely for half a minute, then look away. Do you see yellow blotches covering your immediate vision?
We have placed this visual phenomenon in the contemporary realm, applying it to socioeconomic and political problems. Afterimages can overlap and mix; in a similar way, today’s challenges are multi-layered, with economic questions having political repercussions, or environmental ones, and so on.
The Afterimage Generation is the generation of people who must face the intertwining shadows of the past, both positive and negative. We–as students, young professionals and future leaders–are experiencing the spillover effects of events like the industrial revolution, economic crises, austerity, communism and environmental neglect. We no longer only reap their benefits but must also deal with the implications. How do we navigate such a revolutionary world? How can entrepreneurship be a vehicle for positive change? What does the political future hold? From populism to climate change, our exceptional panelists will discuss the socioeconomic consequences of past decisions. Our history shines like a light in our eyes, and while we may blink and look away, the past imprints itself on our present… and outlines the direction of our future.