It’s said that science fiction says more about the time it was created than the future (or past) it envisages. Think of the ‘classic’ age of sci-fi storytelling during the Cold War space race, or the many tales of menacing artificial intelligence during this dawn of the digital age. The following artworks delve into science fiction’s fantastical visions of the future to offer up their own intriguing metaphors for contemporary life.
Futures past: visions of space exploration in 1952 re-presented in 1972.
Aṉangu culture takes a journey with TV’s favourite time lord.
Heed Yoda’s counsel: ‘Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering.’
Sculptural reimaginings of a post-apocalyptic language via Ursula K Le Guin.
Warning! Warning! (Permen & politik mengandung pemanis buatan = Mints and politics both contain artificial sweetener).
Blade runner beauty cradles LUMP™ (Lifeform with Unevolved Mutant Properties).
Paolozzi’s computer age musing: ‘Each epoch is the static instantaneous picture of a process. This represents a standstill of becoming; not a static end, a condition of pluralism.’