Exhibition
For: Anyone
Min age: No minimum
Entry: Free
In the Robot Skies: A Drone Love Story film still © Liam Young and Tim Maughan

In the Robot Skies: A Drone Love Story

directed by speculative architect Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan.

The future has never felt closer than it does today. 20 or 30 years ago we thought that computers would be infected by the Millennium bug and malfunction; we thought that we would holiday on Mars and commute to work using spaceships. All these past visions of the future projected an unreal fantasy, populated with UFOs and robots.

Speculating about the future now is once again timely but the visions coming from the fields of art, design and architecture are conceived in a somehow different context than they were in the past. There appears to be more anticipation and less fantasy in tomorrow’s worlds - contemporary narratives seen in this display start a dialogue around current issues and concerns that are very timely today. Whether it be concerns about food security or air pollution, or whether we will be able to afford shelter in future London, The visions tend to shift towards a more dystopian and almost critical analysis of the future due to the challenges that take place around us. The exhibition explores four themes: visions of future cityscapes, the impact of the environmental changes in London, the future of work and how or where we are going to live.

The visions in the exhibition are based on exaggerated scenarios, unexpected, and often paradoxical, aiming to raise questions, and to provoke discussions about life in the future. They depict speculative urbanisms or exaggerated presents, in which we can imagine the wonders and possibilities of the future.

A city projected into the future, city models that will never be built and hypothetical cityscapes create different narratives about the upcoming economic, social and environmental conditions of the future.

London Visions focuses on different contemporary fantastical realities through the eyes of artists, architects and designers who unfold their own virtual depictions about tomorrow’s possible worlds, discussing the fears and hopes of living in the future. Through a series of video installations, architectural narratives and video games, the exhibition is visualising deconstructed worlds and abstract models of hypothetical scenarios in London.

By exaggerating the present and extrapolating from what is happening around us, we can envision speculative scenarios in the future that spark our imagination and trigger us to ask ourselves: Is this how the future of London will look?

Share your thoughts #LondonVisions

Exhibition
For: Anyone
Min age: No minimum
Entry: Free

Gallery access

Inspiring London Gallery

10:00am - 5:50pm

Accessible via a lift

Gallery on the lower ground floor