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Installation: ‘SUPERFUTURES’, how to explore and imagine tomorrow’s world

Text by CLOT Magazine

Selfridges, the famous store department on London’s Oxford Street, is partnering with Berlin’s Reference Festival to present the immersive exhibition SUPERFUTURES

Staged within Selfridges’ retail environment and also available digitally, SUPERFUTURES is curated by Reference Festival with Agnes Gryczkowska and presents a host of visions for the future, featuring work by Sevdaliza, Gentle Monster, Joey Holder, Ottolinger, Oliver Laric, Nico Vascellari, Ignota Books, Jan Vorisek, William Darrell and a panel conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Some of the highlights include an installation of sculptures by Katja Novitskova, examining the relationship between technology, biology and ecology; Jakob Kudsk Steensen‘s video work Liminal Lands, in which Steensen proposes a future where data and biology fluidly interconnect; and a specially commissioned display of five inflatable sculptures, which is paired with a selection of oil-drill-shaped Murano glass sculptures, by Monira Al Qadiri

SUPERFUTURES is a reaction to a moment in history. A moment in which the future and diversity of our planet is pulled into question. As socio-political shifts attempt to increase hierarchies and homogeneity, the exhibition suggests a hybrid future – a rhizomatic queerness and a desiring machine. Says Guest Curator Agnes Gryczkowska.

SUPERFUTURES presents a vision of a hybrid future, serving as a generative portal between the world-as-is and world-yet-to-come. The SUPERFUTURES exhibition will present past and future universes, full of mutation and cohabitation, blurring boundaries between the organic and crafted, between human and machine, and challenging existing outlooks and normative gestures into reshaping our future. Says Founder of Reference Studios and Reference Festival Mumi Haiati.

SUPERFUTURES runs from July 14 to October 16, 2022. 

(Image courtesy of Selfridges)
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