Contemplating the future—or possible futures—may summon images of the classic films Metropolis or Blade Runner, to name only two. It may conjure thoughts of the Rapture. It may make one smile with pleasure as the first driverless cars hit the road under the auspices of Über. We are endlessly reminded of (or threatened in the name of) our responsibilities to our grandchildren, to our alma maters, to our planet. What we put off today will have repercussions the day after tomorrow. The future is a central concept for human life and plays an outsize role in politics, religion, economics—indeed across most fields that structure our thinking. The very unknowability of the future renders it a supremely powerful concept for motivating human action in the present.
FUTUREscapes explores this theme by asking viewers to study images and consider how words both encapsulate response and influence thinking, perhaps opening new ways of seeing. These images change monthly.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.