Profiles of the future
The one fact about the future of which we can be certain is that it will be utterly fantastic.
Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction writer
The third part of the exhibition offers a new spatial experience and different perspectives on the coming world. While the previous sections present humanity’s shared problems, here you can see “capsular” versions of the future and various scenarios for possible action.
The first set of spaces presents a sequence of autonomous artist universes, which inhabit the exhibition’s “space station” architecture. Strange creatures that could be the result of a genetic mutation or an experiment (sculptures by Patricia Piccinini), new types of interspecies communication (an object by Thomas Saraceno), ethical paradoxes of genetic research (Boryana Rossa and Oleg Mavromatti’s work), and synthetic biology in the service of evolution (Sascha Pohflepp’s dynamic video projection) question the borders between different species and in particular the definition of “human.” These works are more than predictions of the future. They reflect the unstable and speculative nature of ideas regarding things to come.
How do we preserve species of plants (Sergei Kishchenko’s installation) and the views we find on our planet (slide projection by Jon Rafman)? What is natural in a plastic water bottle (Pamela Rosenkranz’s object)? Posing questions about what will remain in human hands in the time of artificial intelligence (CGI film by Lawrence Lek), who can survive in an environment transformed by human activity (Rimini Protokoll’s immersive installation), and what can be done about the shortage of food (project by Gints Gabrāns), these utopian/dystopian visions inspired by the latest scientific discoveries and technological innovations offer new paradigms of human coexistence with nature and non-human species.