Duncan Poulton: Imagine What We Can Do Tomorrow

11 May 2023 – 15 Jul 2023

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Paradise Works

England, United Kingdom


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  • Chapel Street/Salford Central Train Station
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An immersive aluminium foil installation houses a new body of digital collage and video work exploring the Millennium and its implications today.


  • Division of Labour gallery (Paradise Works), Salford
  • 11 May - 15 July 2023
  • Open by appointment - to book, email nat@divisionoflabour.co.uk or info@paradise-works.com

Taking its title from the Millennium Dome promotional slogan, Imagine What We Can Do Tomorrow is a solo exhibition by digital artist Duncan Poulton which relives and reimagines the dawn of the 21st Century. The show includes new works in digital collage that have been developed around a major found footage video work titled Y2K, made in collaboration with artist Nick Smith. The pieces are shown amidst an immersive installation which will see the gallery covered in aluminium foil, rendering the room a no-signal, Wifi-free zone, also known as a Faraday Cage.

As a seminal moment of global collective anxiety, New Year’s Eve 1999 is particularly timely to look back on in 2023, amidst the furore of fear and speculation around exponentially accelerating Artificial Intelligence. This exhibition pinpoints the Millennium as a key moment in considering “How did we get here?” and invites audiences to consider an alternative past in which the Y2K problem (or Millennium Bug) did cause cataclysm. If this were to have happened, would have still sleepwalked into our hyperconnected, techno-reliant present?

Imagine What We Can Do Tomorrow coincides with Liverpool Biennial (10 Jun–17 Sep) and Manchester International Festival (29 Jun–16 Jul).

Duncan Poulton is an artist based between London and Brighton. His practice takes as its starting point the collection of forgotten online content which he combines into still and moving image collages. Working exclusively with found materials, his works address a visual culture of overabundance and ambivalence, exploring the compression of histories and meaning engendered by the internet. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Outernet, London; SET Lewisham, London; Fabrica, Brighton; and TACO!, London. Group shows include Ars Electronica, Linz; Bloc Projects, Sheffield; MOSTYN, Llandudno; Coventry Biennial; Art Licks Weekend, London; QUAD, Derby; MIT Museum, Massachusetts; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; arebyte, London; CICA Museum, South Korea; and Transmediale, Berlin. He is an alumnus of Wysing Arts Centre’s alternative learning programme The Syllabus, and his work has been featured on WeTransfer and in Elephant Magazine.
Instagram: @duncpoulton


Nathaniel Pitt

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Duncan Poulton

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