Futures of our Past
The Glad Scientist
curated by Andrzej Raszyk
Guests: Steffen Neupert, Mateusz Peringer, Dana Moser
2019/05/18 at 7pm
Exhibition: 2019/05/18 – 2019/06/22
2019/05/23, 6pm – 8pm
»Objects« – Präsentation von Matuesz Peringer
06/06 and 2019/06/13, 6pm – 8pm
»Studio for Interrelated Media« – Workshop with Dana Moser
The project wants to speak about the ideas of objects, processes, communication models, perceptions of reality that were invented by humans but with time gained its own life. The futures our society strove to construct, develop and sustain, now are buried in Earth orbit, lay on the oceans’ floor, imperceptibly surround us in the cities, or take storage space on our hard drives. What was once carefully designed with an aim to make our lives better, today is corroded by glitches, errors, overlays, is “unleashed and has mind on its own”.
Reflecting on the futurology of the past by discovering and analyzing human creations gives us a possibility to slow down and see what became out of, once called, our aspirations. Archaeology of our futures gives us an opportunity to pick up, what we have left. To observe and understand its present interactions. It might be an impulse to adjust the way in which we imagine our unfolding past.
Artworks exhibited by invited artists bring back to life, play, re purpose, reprogram the objects that had been once thought of as futures. In a virtual reality environment they question underpinnings of existence as an identified self and in a movie narrative they loop time. On impact with nature they are tested for fragility and memory glitches; while floating in space they play new compositions and showcase improvisation skills. When there is no hope left, they bring nurturing light from the ocean's depth.