89plus is a long-term, international, multi-platform research project co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, investigating the generation born in or after 1989. Without forecasting artistic trends or predicting future creation, 89plus manifests itself through panels, books, periodicals and exhibitions, bringing together individuals from a generation whose voices are only starting to be heard, yet which accounts for almost half of the world’s population.

Marked by several paradigm-shifting events, the year 1989 saw the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the start of the post-Cold War period; the introduction of the World Wide Web and the beginning of the universal availability of the Internet, as well as the orbit of the first Global Positioning System satellite. Positing a relationship between these world-changing events and creative production at large, 89plus introduces the work of some of this generation’s most inspiring protagonists.

Since an introductory panel held in January 2013 at the DLD – Digital, Life, Design conference in Munich, 89plus has conducted research in Hong Kong with Art Basel’s Salon series, in New York through the 89plus Colony Conference at MoMA PS1, and in Italy with the Innovation Festival Bolzano-Bozen. 89plus is developing a series of residencies with various partners internationally including the Park Avenue Armory in New York and the Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition taking place in late 2013. Recent projects include the 89plus Marathon at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery and the 89plus Resources Workshop and Panel at LUMA/Westbau, Zürich.

89plus.com hosts an ongoing open call for artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists and technologists. There is only one rule: you must be 89plus—born in or after 1989. Submissions at 89plus.com/submit are considered for our various upcoming events and projects.

Submissions are kept on a private research database for consideration by the project’s co-curators. As the project continues in the years to come, those selected will be notified of their inclusion in new endeavors. More info is available online including our recent maor project at the Serpentine Galleries 89plus Marathon in London.