2019 marks the 150th birth anniversary of prominent Armenian composer and ethnomusicologist Komitas Vardapet. The Future Thinker is an expression used by Komitas in one of the letters he wrote in Paris, in 1906. Komitas responded to a letter he received from his close friend musician Margarit Babayan. He recounts about the new piano compositions he is writing and is delighted about the fact that foreigners express so much interest about Armenian music, unlike the Armenian notable figures. At the end of the letter, Komitas signs “The Future Thinker. Your Komitas”.
The 150th birth anniversary of Komitas is the right moment to retrospectively look back at Komitas’s legacy, outline the role he has had in shaping a nation’s musical culture, shed light on how art can become a powerful bond of unity and play a vital role in education and intercultural dialogue. Rather than a national survival undertaking, Komitas’s work brought a modern cultural revival.
The outdoor poster art exhibition is based on the statement The Future Thinker, which will ultimately be declared as a manifesto. Posters have served for a long time as a utilitarian communication medium. The Future Thinker posters will have an aesthetic discourse along. The outdoor exhibition will highlight how designed pieces are artefacts rooted in a contextual environment with its social and historical layers and how nature and culture are intertwined.