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
The future will be curved
The future will be “in the name of the future”
The future will be so subjective
The future will be bouclette
The future will be curious
The future will be obsolete
The future will be asymmetric
The future will be a slap in the face
The future will be delayed
The future does not exist but in snapshots
The future will be tropical
Future? …you must be mistaken
The future will be overgrown and decayed
The future will be tense
Zukunft ist lecker
Zukunft ist wichtiger als Freizeit
Helmut Kohl (proposed by Carsten Höller)
A future fuelled by human waste
The future is going nowhere without us.
The future is now – the future is it
The future is one night, just look up
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
The future is this place at a different time.
The future will be widely reproduced and distributed
The future will be whatever we make it
The future will involve splendour and poverty
The future is uncertain because it will be what we make it
The future is waiting – the future will be self-organized
Raqs Media Collective
Dum Spero/ While I breathe, I hope
This is not the future
The future is a dog/ l’avenir c’est la femme
Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron
On its way; it was here yesterday
The future will be an armchair strategist, the future will be like no snow on the broken bridge
The future always flies in under the radar
Suture that future
‘To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow’ (Shakespeare)
The future is overrated
Cerith Wyn Evans
futuro = $B!g(B
The future is a large pharmacy with a memory deficit
The future will be bamboo
Tay Kheng Soon
The future will be ousss
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.
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.
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.
Future is instant
Yung Ho Chang
‘The future is not.’
The future is private
The future will be layered and inconsistent
The future is a piano wire in a pussy powering something important
In the future perhaps there will be no past
The future was
The future is menace
The future is a forget-me-not
The future is an knowing exchange of glances
The future: Scratching on things I could disavow.
The future is our own wishful thinking.
Le futur est un étoilement
The future is now
The future has a silver lining
The future is now and here
is a fax best to use as facsimile G&G FAX is:
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
The future is without you
The future is a season.
The future is a poster
We have repeated the future out of existence
The future has two large beautiful eyes
less, few tours in my future
Future is what it is.
Huang Yong Ping
The future is the very few years we have remaining before all time becomes one time
FUTURE MUST BE HERE TODAY
Future is more freedom
My art is very free, I don’t know what to do in the future. But I am positive
The future is inside.
Shumon Basar, Markus Miessen, Åbäke
NO FUTURE – PUNK IS NOT DEATH !
The future will be grim if we don’t do something about it.
The future is reflexive and coming together
The future is listening
The future lies in the unknown
Nothing stinks, only thinking made it so
What the future is, you only know next morning
Die Zukunft kann man nur ueber Nacht definieren
The future is a disease Peter Weibel