Which is your favourite artwork on display?
We have two films which depict everyday life in the future: one of them, In the Robot Skies is set in a council estate where almost every single resident is being spied upon by a drone. The film itself is technologically futuristic, the first ever recorded entirely with autonomous drone cameras. You can see an extended, 10-minute cut of it in the exhibition. It has a very sweet angle: Two teenagers manage to hack one of these drones to freely exchange messages of love.
In the past, maybe it's their parents that would spy on them- again it’s the message that human life is the same, its just the technology and the surroundings that change. It’s my favourite display in the exhibition- not just because it looks so great, but because it feels very real and very possible.
The film itself is technologically futuristic, the first ever recorded entirely with autonomous drone cameras, but it has a very human feel to it. At the end of the day, although we get caught up in depictions of buildings and technology, the thing that matters in the future city is the people. The city is built for them, but they are often overlooked in depictions of the city.
I hope these artworks, this exhibition, will make people reflect on their lives in the present. London Visions is not saying "London will look like this". It's asking visitors: "Will London look like this? And if it does, what will my life look like?"