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Memories of the Future

On Countervision


Edited By Stephen Wilson and Deborah Jaffé

What is a memory of the future? Is it a myth, a fiction of a severed arm, a post-human debate or a broken time machine? In an increasingly insecure future-world there is an urgency to consider and debate these questions. Memories of the Future: On Countervision addresses these concerns by speculating on the connections between memory and futurity in fields such as counter-histories, women’s studies, science fiction, art and design, technology, philosophy and politics. This book reveals how these subjects regenerate at the intersections of vision, counter-cultural production and the former present. The volume links the re-imaginings of memory into the present with topics such as the fever dream allegory of the adolescent social experience, soft technologies of future dress, reinventions of monetary exchange, rekindled subjectivities of school days, and technics and human progression. These countervisions argue against the homogenizing status quo of the present in order to challenge the customs, traditions and conventions of the past and propositions of the future.


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Part IV: Future Permissions and Former Horizons


’ navigates the notion of a practical application of future studies. Each author seizes and captures the technology of a past and present time through Italian Futurists, wear- able technologies and Victorian street ballads. The enduring legacy and relevance of the Italian Futurist movement re-questions a historical hori- zon. By looking at these imagined propositions and past futures, we see the potential failures of actualities within a curated contemporary art and design perspective. Recent wearable technologies encapsulate the widen- ing gap between the mechanical, industrialized past and future-orientated (im)materials. The actuality as a process of making is acknowledged by each author in a section that realizes technological, mechanical and indus- trialized past future productions. The Victorian street ballads, printed to communicate a political-proletariat present, prophesized a mechanical future. Such mechanical processes of prophesying the future, through street ballads, re-enactments, manifestos and artworks, are considered. Through technology, art and interactive design, this concluding section of the book brings us closer to the actualizing status of future thought. Ilaria Puri Purini 10 Seizing the Future: The Futurists and Future- oriented Contemporary Works With the proliferation of future-orientated biennales and exhibitions like: All the World’s Futures, the 2015 Venice Biennale; The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, the Sydney Biennale in 2016; and the Victoria & Albert Museum’s forthcoming exhibition Future Design, I am conscious of how the word future is much used as a conceptual framework in contemporary art exhibitions. As a term, the future is broad enough to...

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