Future of Art Part One Hans Ulrich Obrist

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Ben Lewis in his capacity as Guest editor asked some of his friends what was the future of art.
This week we start with Hans Ulrich Obrist in coming weeks we publish answers from Cedar Lewisohn, Tom Morton, Julia Peyton Jones, Josh Baer, Nico Wasserman, Charles Thomson, Janet Lee, Gina Duenfeld, Fransiziska von Hesselback, Anna Catharina Gebbers and finally Ben Lewis himself. Here we Go

Hans Ulrich Obrist Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery

As a curator I am often asked about future trends in art. I don’t think we can predict nor prescribe the future of art. It is the famous Etonnez Moi of Diaghilev and Cocteau, great art always surprises us, takes us where we expect it least. To help us see into the future I have for several years been asking artists to answer the question ‘what is the future?’ and I am always surprised by the responses. The following is a list of answers that I continue to gather. The most recent of these have never before been published.

The future will be….
list compiled by Hans Ulrich Obrist

The future will be chrome
Rirkrit Tiravanija

The future will be curved
Olafur Eliasson

The future will be “in the name of the future”
Anri Sala

The future will be so subjective
Tino Sehgal

The future will be bouclette
Douglas Gordon

The future will be curious
Nico Dockx

The future will be obsolete
Tacita Dean

The future will be asymmetric
Pedro Reyes

The future will be a slap in the face
Cao Fei

The future will be delayed
Loris Greaud

The future does not exist but in snapshots
Philippe Parreno

The future will be tropical
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Future? …you must be mistaken
Trisha Donnelly

The future will be overgrown and decayed
Simryn Gill

The future will be tense
John Baldessari

Zukunft ist lecker
Hans-Peter Feldmann

Zukunft ist wichtiger als Freizeit
Helmut Kohl (proposed by Carsten Höller)

A future fuelled by human waste
Matthew Barney

The future is going nowhere without us.
Paul Chan

The future is now – the future is it
Doug Aitken

The future is one night, just look up
Tomas Saraceno

The future will be a remake…
Didier Fiuza Faustino

The future is what we construct from what we remember of the past – the present is the time of instantaneous revelation
Lawrence Weiner

The future is this place at a different time.
Bruce Sterling

The future will be widely reproduced and distributed
Cory Doctorow

The future will be whatever we make it
Jacque Fresco

The future will involve splendour and poverty
Arto Lindsay

The future is uncertain because it will be what we make it
Immanuel Wallerstein

The future is waiting – the future will be self-organized
Raqs Media Collective

Dum Spero/ While I breathe, I hope
Nancy Spero

This is not the future
Jordan Wolfson

The future is a dog/ l’avenir c’est la femme
Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron

On its way; it was here yesterday
Hreinn Friðfinnsson

The future will be an armchair strategist, the future will be like no snow on the broken bridge
Yang Fudong
The future always flies in under the radar
Martha Rosler

Suture that future
Peter Doig

‘To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow’ (Shakespeare)
Richard Hamilton

The future is overrated
Cerith Wyn Evans

futuro = $B!g(B
Hector Zamorra

The future is a large pharmacy with a memory deficit
David Askevold

The future will be bamboo
Tay Kheng Soon

The future will be ousss
Koo Jeong-A

The future will be…grains, particles & bits.
The future will be…ripples, waves & flow.
The future will be…mix, swarms, multitudes.
The future will be…the future we deserve but with some surprises, if only some of us take notice.
Vito Acconci

In the future…the earth as a weapon…
Allora & Calzadilla

The future is our excuse.
Joseph Grigely and Amy Vogel

The future will be repeated.
Marlene Dumas

Ok, ok I’ll tell you about the future; but I am very busy right now; give me a couple of days more to finish some things and I’ll get back to you.
Jimmie Durham

Future is instant
Yung Ho Chang

‘The future is not.’
Zaha Hadid

The future is private
Anton Vidokle

The future will be layered and inconsistent
Liam Gillick

The future is a piano wire in a pussy powering something important
Matthew Ronay

In the future perhaps there will be no past
Daniel Birnbaum

The future was
Julieta Aranda

The future is menace
Carolee Schneemann

The future is a forget-me-not
Molly Nesbit

The future is an knowing exchange of glances
Sarah Morris

The future: Scratching on things I could disavow.
Walid Raad

The future is our own wishful thinking.
Liu Ding

Le futur est un étoilement
Edouard Glissant

The future is now
Maurizio Cattelan

The future has a silver lining
Thomas Demand

The future is now and here
Yona Friedman

is a fax best to use as facsimile G&G FAX is:
THE FUTURE?
SEE YOU THERE!
AS ARTISTS WE WANT TO HELP
TO FORM OUR TOMORROWS.
WE HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
ITS GOING TO BE MARVELLOUS.
LONG LIVE THE FUTURE
WITH LOTS OF LOVE
ALWAYS AND ALWAYS
Gilbert&George

The future is without you
Damien Hirst

The future is a season.
Pierre Huyghe

The future is a poster
M/M

We have repeated the future out of existence
Tom McCarthy

The future has two large beautiful eyes
Jonas Mekas

less, few tours in my future
Stefano Boeri

Future is what it is.
Huang Yong Ping

The future is the very few years we have remaining before all time becomes one time
Grant Morrison

FUTURE MUST BE HERE TODAY
Jan Kaplicky

Future is more freedom
Jia Zhangke

My art is very free, I don’t know what to do in the future. But I am positive
Xu Zhen

The future is inside.
Shumon Basar, Markus Miessen, Åbäke

NO FUTURE – PUNK IS NOT DEATH !
Thomas Hirschhorn

The future will be grim if we don’t do something about it.
Morgan Fisher

The future is reflexive and coming together
Olafur Eliasson

The future is listening
Shilpa Gupta

The future lies in the unknown
Ann Lislegaard

Nothing stinks, only thinking made it so
Sissel Tolaas

What the future is, you only know next morning
Die Zukunft kann man nur ueber Nacht definieren
Peter Sloterdijk
The future is a disease Peter Weibel

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