The Future Tense is the curator and a founding partner of the MTV RE:DEFINE benefit exhibition and auction.

Debuting in Dallas in November 2011 to mark the 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS, the event was established with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and The Goss-Michael Foundation, raising almost $800,000 in its first year.

RE:DEFINE differentiates itself from other benefit art events by taking a curated approach more akin to a group exhibition, and features a variety of public and educational aspects including a free exhibition, curator and artist talks and an annual public installation commission.

Artists participating in the event have included Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Shepard Fairey, Michael Craig-Martin, Gérard Rancinan, Ralf Kaspers, Ryan McGinness, Katrin Fridriks, Gavin Turk, Tomokazu Matsuyama and Faile.

RE:DEFINE culminates in a VIP gala reception, which features numerous exciting live elements including an auction by Simon de Pury, music from an internationally renowned band and for 2012, a live painting performance by British artist, Dave White.