Every society has its youth cultures manifesting through evolving, highly specific recreational activities, artistic styles, sports, commodities, slang, and clothing. Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe’s project Scenario in the Shade is an architectural and cinematic articulation of fictional youth cultures in California, USA.
Scenario in the Shade takes point of departure in the fictional region described by futurist Herman Kahn in his 1967 book The Year 2000. Kahn speculated that the cities of San Diego and San Francisco along the California coast would eventually grow into a single metropolis, which Kahn termed ‘San San’.
For Scenario in the Shade, Freeman and Lowe present a multi-space installation and film representing various fictionalized youth subcultures within the San San Metropole. The installation has previously been shown at the Istanbul Biennale 2017 curated by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset.