11 July, 2007
Tomorrow now - Luxembourg
TOMORROW NOW -
when design meets science fiction
25 May to 24 September 2007
3 Park Dräi Eechelen
Tel. +352 45 37 85-1
11am to 6pm, Wednesdays 11am to 8pm, closed on Tuesdays.
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“Tomorrow now – when design meets science fiction” is the first exhibition devoted to the relationship between design and science fiction, elements that have come together several times during the course of the 20th century. Although a primordial source of inspiration for the cinema, the visual arts and architecture, science fiction’s closest links are, however, to design.
Three periods stand out from these encounters. The first is linked to anticipation and innovation in the case of Hugo Gernsback who in 1929 invented the term “science fiction” and published cheap magazines that popularised the subject. There was also the Universal Exhibition in New York in 1939 in which designers who traditionally envisaged the production of industrial objects seized on that of private, public and urban spaces, of which the Futurama is incontestably the most surprising and premonitory example. Science fiction and design worked together to show how technology can be put to the service of mankind.
The second conjunction between science fiction and design takes on impressive proportions in the post-war period when the two universes became the subject of an energy and a jubilation combined with the dream of space conquest in the process of being made concrete. The eventual discovery of new intergalactic territories which is counterbalanced by the stress placed on interior worlds, subjugates designers. They were inspired by the imaginary aspect of science fiction, creating a myriad of capsule-like forms and borrowing from it the fictional mode which, when diverted, validates technology or denounces it.
Finally, along with investigations based on a conception of linear time, we find a third bridge between design and science fiction which, this time, offers a vertical temporal axis. This challenge to Cartesian logic rests on the postulate of the existence of a fourth dimension, that of time, which, when associated with the other three dimensions, becomes a gateway to a parallel world. Breaches in space-time may be found through these “wormholes”, teleportation doors and other black holes. Neither anticipation nor prediction nor retro-future, these parallel worlds are juxtaposed with present reality.
From May to July, the Cinémathèque of Luxembourg City supplements the exhibition TOMORROW NOW - when design meets science fiction with a selection of important films in the history of the science fiction genre. In collaboration with Mudam.
17, place du Théatre
The Interview series
by Alexandra Midal offers five points of view to account for the complexity of creating the future. Watch the interviews with
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Futuro Home, 1968-1969
The Agent, 2006
6 columns, 2006
HAUS RUCKER & CO.
Mindexpander II, 1967
Mobile Office, 1969
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