Virtual Futures: Lasting Labours (London, England)

Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions on the theme of ‘Lasting Labours.’

Due to society’s advancement, changing economic systems, and shifts in what the population demands, the world of work will change seismically in the near future. Some jobs will become obsolete, others will change radically, and new roles will emerge. The changes, though, will not be limited to work alone. New industries may be born, new methods of exchange introduced, or entirely new economic systems developed.

Show us what goods we may be trading with, what currency we may be using, how industries may be created or altered, or what roles we may be employed in (if at all) by the time the future becomes the present. You may also wish to consider how, and in what, we will be educated and trained so as to succeed.

Virtual Futures: Boundless Bodies (London, England)

Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions on the theme of ‘Boundless Bodies.’

Bodies are often a product of the environment in which they are situated. Likewise, minds are partially shaped by both what they receive from the world around them, and the receptors that they use to process reality.

There is no guarantee that the Earth will be able to maintain its current ecosystems, or that the living beings of this world will remain on this planet. We are asking authors to consider how brains or bodies may adapt to different physical circumstances, and whether these changes will occur naturally or synthetically.

They may spin stories of manipulated creatures, novel forms of consciousness, distorted landscapes, or altered beings. They may also consider how lifestyles could be altered, minds may function, or bodies may be changed or even created.

Virtual Futures: Autonomous Agents (London, England)

Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions on the theme of ‘Autonomous Agents.’

The consequences of automation are a key concern for a society that is exporting much of its decision making to algorithms, automation and artificial intelligence.

These decision-making entities operate on certain assumptions, biases and preconceptions about the world – many of which are inherited from those who programmed them. Despite this companies and institutions are introducing algorithmic thinking into the heart of their infrastructure at a rapid rate. They are allowing algorithmic cognition, whose processes of reasoning remain enigmatic, to manipulate and draw findings from the data it is fed.

From conflict to cosmetics, music to pharmaceuticals, construction to scientific research – and everything in between – we ask authors to intrigue us with stories that explore the potential implications of automating our lives. They may also consider who will be accountable for the results and how we should protect ourselves from accidental and deliberate use or abuse.

Virtual Futures: Another Loving (London, England)

Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions on the theme of ‘Another Loving.’

Reproduction is the only constant in human history – from our beginnings as single cell organisms to the sexual practices we see today.

Many of our social behaviours have been built and altered by our attitudes towards reproduction and the methods of passing our genes on to the next generation. Technologies frequently manipulate this most basic of human instincts to produce new ways to sexually interact with one another.

We ask authors to consider how technological developments may influence the reproductive process, behaviour related to it, or the products of it. Authors may approach topics of courtship, contraceptives, conception, childbirth, or anything in between.

Home Futures at Design Museum (London, England)

Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?

The ‘home of the future’ has long intrigued designers and popular culture alike. Immerse yourself in a series of dreamlike passages and rooms exploring yesterday’s visions of the future, as avant-garde speculations are displayed alongside contemporary objects and new commissions.

Discover more than 200 objects and experiences to trace the key social and technological aspirations that have driven change in the home. Historical notions of the mechanised home and the compact home are displayed alongside contemporary phenomena such as connected devices and the sharing economy.

Rare works on display will include original furniture from the Smithsons’ House of the Future (1956), footage from the General Motors Kitchen of Tomorrow (1956), and an original model of Total Furnishing Unit by Joe Colombo (1972).

Yunchul Kim: Dawns, Mine, Crystal (London, England)

The Korean Cultural Centre, London (KCCUK) presents Dawns, Mine, Crystal, the first UK solo exhibition from South Korean artist Yunchul Kim. The exhibition marks Kim’s nomination as ‘2018 Artist of the Year’, KCCUK’s major annual award programme. Working within the realms of contemporary art, science and visual effects, the exhibition comprises installations, drawings and sketchbooks and premieres the new work Cascade (2018), a joint commission by KCCUK, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool) and Arts at CERN.

Cascade consists of 18 meter-long interconnecting tubes, clear fluid continually circulates within them, through micro tunnels approximately two millimeters in diameter. As air is pushed through, microtunnels disappear and reappear, bringing to light the fundamental changes evoked when the relationship between matter and force is reassembled.

Self and Other (for the Albert Embankment) 2018 (London, England)

Permanent installation on Albert Embankment Plaza.

Self and Other (for the Albert Embankment) 2018 from RANDOM INTERNATIONAL on Vimeo.

Self and Other (for the Albert Embankment) is Random International’s latest work to explore the representation and perception of the self-image and marks the artists’ first public, outdoor commission in the UK. The sculpture translates the reflected human form into points of light, built up through evenly-spaced glass sheets, and can present both literal to abstract images, depending on the viewing angle.

The illuminated, reflected image is reduced in information yet it can retain subtle visual details that can build up the human ability to recognise ourselves. As the onlooker moves, their illuminated reflection may sometimes follow with a slight delay. The work experiments with ideas of identity and perception, inviting unexpected physical interaction and exploring traits of cognition.

Commissioned by St James, a member of the Berkley Group, curated by Futurecity

The Paper Traveller: An Immersive Theater Project for Libraries (London, England)

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What if books could talk? Go on a treasure hunt across library spaces and discover the imaginary worlds concealed inside books.

Through a series of pop-up books, papercut sets, intimate sound installations and live theatre performances, this immersive show takes you on a storytelling journey through books and explores what happens if you get lost in one.