About this exhibition

Our imaginings of the ‘future’ are realised most eloquently in our cities. Contemporary cities have become vibrant multidimensional spaces, incorporating not only buildings and people, but also the digital infrastructures that facilitate and characterise modern living. In the same way that futurism was inspired by the technological innovations of the early 20th century and embraced futuristic aesthetics, today, we conceptualise ideas of ‘the city’ beyond physical space, geography and architecture and move towards ‘smart environments’ built around automated vehicles, screens and systems.

This concept of a utopian, digitised future is difficult to imagine in this era of diminishing natural resources, climate change, social and economic turmoil, and technological advancements which may be progressing beyond the bounds of our control. As such, the task of mapping and producing calculated projections of present societies within a global context has become the new challenge in art and architecture.

Future Cities: Technopolis & Everyday Life examines how evolving technologies have affected our interactions with the physical geography of cities, natural resources and domestic environments. The exhibition brings together artistic and architectural practices within an inspired setting designed by Prof. Andong Lu of Nanjing University. This exhibition lies between speculation and reality, unfolding the impact of digital revolution on our perception of everyday life and defining the terrains of a global urban future.


Image credit: Lawrence Lek, Pyramid Schemes, 2018, HD, sound, image still, © Lawrence Lek, courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London.