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The Future Starts Here

21 March - 4 August

The world of tomorrow is shaped by the designs and technologies emerging today. From smart appliances to satellites, this exhibition brings together 80 objects that point towards where society might be headed.

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Exhibition price: 150 SEK

Reduced: (pensioners and students, valid ID required):
SEK 120

Up to age 19 and members of ArkDes friends: Free admission.

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The objects in the exhibition are either newly released or in development. Although some may seem straight out of science fiction, they are all real, produced by research labs, universities, designers’ studios, governments and corporations.

The exhibition shows innovative techniques and how they soon will come to affect our lives. A global seed bank to prevent loss of plant species in the event of a crisis, the dream of eternal life through cryonic technology, electric muscles for the elderly, a space factory, a bridge crowdfunded by citizens.

Guided by ethical and speculative questions, The Future Starts Here invites the visitor to consider what impact these objects might have on your bodies, your home, your work and your planet – ultimately your life and death. How could they affect the way you live, learn and even love?

The undeniable physical reality of these objects may give the impression that the future is already fixed. While the objects here suggest a certain future, it is not yet determined. The future we get is up to us. The future starts here.

Only online: Four digital projects that are part of the exhibition

Exhibiton credits

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Curated by Rory Hyde and Mariana Pestana
Conceived by Rory Hyde, Kieran Long and Mariana Pestana

The exhibition at ArkDes:
Curator at ArkDes: Kieran Long
Project Manager: Lena Landerberg, Tina Landgren
Exhibition Design: TAF Arkitektkontor
Graphic Design: Oscar Liedgren Studio, IVY Agency
Lighting and Audiovisual technic: Transpond
Production team: Markus Eberle, Halla Sigurdardottir, Stefan Mossfeldt, Sandra Nolgren, Maria Östman, Elisabet Schön, James Taylor-Foster, Jakob Kjellberg, Frida Melin, Lena Biörnstad Wranne, Eva-Lisa Saksi

 

 

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Images from the exhibition


Body Code. Visualising the code of life. © Drew Berry, wehi.tv, 2018.

Body Code. Visualising the code of life. © Drew Berry, wehi.tv, 2018.

Radical Love, DNA portrait of Chelsea Manning, by Heather Dewey-Hagborg © Courtesy of Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Fridman Gallery, New York City. 2016.

Radical Love, DNA portrait of Chelsea Manning, by Heather Dewey-Hagborg © Courtesy of Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Fridman Gallery, New York City. 2016.

Luchtsingel. A bridge crowd funded by citizens. © Zones Urbaines Sensibles [ZUS], 
2011–15. Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode, 2011 – 2015

Luchtsingel. A bridge crowd funded by citizens. © Zones Urbaines Sensibles [ZUS], 2011–15. Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode, 2011 – 2015

Terraform Table. A sandbox for exploring how we might terraform planets. Tellart, 2017.

Terraform Table. A sandbox for exploring how we might terraform planets. Tellart, 2017.

Cryonics Alert Bracelet. An alert bracelet for life extension. Alcor Life Extension Foundation, 
2014.

Cryonics Alert Bracelet. An alert bracelet for life extension. Alcor Life Extension Foundation, 2014.

Prosthetic hand (reproduction). Teaching tech in conflict zones.
Refugee Open Ware, 2017. Photo: Manar Bilal. 2017.

Prosthetic hand (reproduction). Teaching tech in conflict zones. Refugee Open Ware, 2017. Photo: Manar Bilal. 2017.

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The objects in the exhibition are either newly released or in development. Although some may seem straight out of science fiction, they are all real, produced by research labs, universities, designers’ studios, governments and corporations.

The exhibition shows innovative techniques and how they soon will come to affect our lives. A global seed bank to prevent loss of plant species in the event of a crisis, the dream of eternal life through cryonic technology, electric muscles for the elderly, a space factory, a bridge crowdfunded by citizens.

Guided by ethical and speculative questions, The Future Starts Here invites the visitor to consider what impact these objects might have on your bodies, your home, your work and your planet – ultimately your life and death. How could they affect the way you live, learn and even love?

The undeniable physical reality of these objects may give the impression that the future is already fixed. While the objects here suggest a certain future, it is not yet determined. The future we get is up to us. The future starts here.

Only online: Four digital projects that are part of the exhibition

Exhibiton credits

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Curated by Rory Hyde and Mariana Pestana
Conceived by Rory Hyde, Kieran Long and Mariana Pestana

The exhibition at ArkDes:
Curator at ArkDes: Kieran Long
Project Manager: Lena Landerberg, Tina Landgren
Exhibition Design: TAF Arkitektkontor
Graphic Design: Oscar Liedgren Studio, IVY Agency
Lighting and Audiovisual technic: Transpond
Production team: Markus Eberle, Halla Sigurdardottir, Stefan Mossfeldt, Sandra Nolgren, Maria Östman, Elisabet Schön, James Taylor-Foster, Jakob Kjellberg, Frida Melin, Lena Biörnstad Wranne, Eva-Lisa Saksi

 

 

Main sponsor: