Arriva il futuro al V&Albert Museum di Londra

Sono tanti i cambiamenti che il mondo sta subendo e tutto pare accelerarsi sempre più, con questa visione al nostro rapido presente evolutivo il V&Albert Museum di Londra organizzerà dal 12 Maggio al 14 Novembre una grande mostra dal suggestivo titolo "The Future Start Here" col supporto del gruppo Volkswagen

La mostra esplorerà  il potere del design nel plasmare il mondo di domani, dalla forma del DNA fino ai vestiti che potranno caricare energia per i nostri device indossabili.

Tutto diventa ibridato fra tecnologia, quotidianità e bellezza.

Saranno presentati più di cento oggetti, molti in anteprima mondiale, dei nostri prossimi compagni di vita quotidiana, spesso piccoli ma dal grande potenziale. 

Sarà un fantastico viaggio nel nostro prossimo futuro.


The V&A will explore the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow in its major  spring exhibition. From portraits of Chelsea Manning generated by her DNA, a chargeable shirt which  can power a smartphone, objects printed by the world’s first zero gravity printer to a global  seed bank to prevent loss of plant species  in the event of a crisis,  The Future Starts Here will bring together ground - breaking  technologies and designs  currently in development in studios and laboratories around the  world .

Drawing upon international research, and working closely with a range of companies,  universities, practitioners and advisors, the V&A will  seek to  represent  this new picture of an  advancing future with more than 100 objects, many of which have never been on public   disp lay .  The Future Starts Here will explore  the impact these objects may have on the body, the home, politics, cities, and the planet . Visitors will be guided by a series of ethical and  speculative questions to connect the subject matter to the  choices that  e veryone has in  their everyday lives. 

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “ From the very beginning, the V&A has championed pioneering art, science, design and technology. Now in the midst of the digital revolution, this  eagerly anticipated  exhibition delves into our fast accelerating future of artificial intelligence,  synthetic biology and space exploration. The V&A is taking live experiments about our future  society from the studio and lab into the museum. This is the first major exhibition produced by  our Design, Architecture and Digital department, and revives our founding principle to forefront  cutting - edge art and design.”

From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this will be the  first opportunity to  not only  see projects of  major corporations such as Google and Apple, but to  understand them  alongside  alternative futures presented by smaller institutions and independent designers. A highlight will  be the public display of Facebook’s Aquila aircraft, ​ part of a solar- powered high- altitude platform station (HAPS) system which is in early  development as part of Facebook’s efforts to bring affordable connectivity to unconnected  regions around the world. Alongside this will be Jalila  Essaidi’s  Living Network project , which  imagines a future of the internet a s a world wide web of trees,  allowing communication over  great distances. The exhibition will also include specially commissioned works by Miranda July, Stamen, Tellart, Marco Ferrari and Kei Kreutler.

Technological developments  e ffect change at different scales and the exhibition will be  arranged around four main themes that increase in scale :  Home , Public, Planetary and  Afterlife .  Asking questions such as  Are We Human? And  We’re  all connected but do we feel  lonely?, t he first gallery will focus on  a domestic setting, where smart devices are changing  notions of privacy  and turning the home into a broadcasting station from which we share our  lives through social media. This section  will consider what the impact of  digital connectivity on  solitariness and relationships, as captured in Hanif Shoaei’s poignant photograph that depicts  the artist in bed with his wife, both glued to their phone screens.  

The  increasingly blurred lines between humanity and technology will be examined with  projects such as powered  clothing company Superflex ’ s  ‘ super suits’ , created in collaboration with Yves  Béhar , which combine the latest innovations in robotics, biomechanics and apparel  design to create an extra set of muscles people can wear every day. On display will also be the  adaptations of a 70- year - old  quadruple amputee who  created a series of personalised tools to  help with everyday tasks, such as writing a thank you note, putting on make - up and removing  jar lids. Bento Lab is the first complete portable  DNA laboratory, al lowing anyone to  experiment with simple DNA analysis, whether a beginner or a professional.  

In the next section,  visitors  will  evaluate  if democracy still works with projects  showing new  strategies for collective decision - making and alternative ideas for improving public services.  These include a  full scale  model of Luchtsingel, a  crowdfunded pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam and t he ‘Super Citizen’ suit belonging to Antanas Mockus, former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia. 

His signature red and yellow spandex ensemble, emblazoned with the initial ‘C’ for ‘Citizen’,  symbolised his belief in the power of citizens to effect change. Through strategies, such as self- organised traffic management and vo luntary taxes, Mockus managed to encourage citizens to  take responsibility for their city, and in doing so, reduced crime and accidents by over 40%. 

The  ways in which  urban areas are being designed to address some of the greatest challenges  faced today will be considered , including climate change, religious intolerance and housing  crises. Foster + Partners’ model of their 6 million m ² Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, the world’s first  carbon - neutral, zero - waste city will  be shown alongside maquettes of Kuehn M alvezzi’s House ​ of One in Berlin, a three- faith house of worship providing a space for people of different faiths  to gather and engage in respectful dialogue.

Many designers are developing solutions and interventions  in response to increasing strain on  th e earth’s resources.  Projects like Tomás Saraceno’s  Aerocene Explorer , a solar - powered,  balloon - like sculpture which uses open- source techniques to collect atmospheric data will  consider whether damage to the planet can be undone through design. Cesar  Jung  Harada’s  Protei is an un - manned and un - polluting ship that detects and cleans up oil spills, an  alternative to current skimming methods that compromise workers’ health, contribute to  pollution and which are expensive to power. 

With  equipment becoming increasingly affordable, access to space is  much more available to  individuals, institutions and private companies. On display from the V&A ’ s collection will be a  CubeSat , a  10cm 3 low - cost satellite that is adaptable to meet different in vestigative and  budgetary needs. International Space Station astronauts in space have been using the world’s  first zero - gravity 3D- printer to create custom tools, such as spanners, out in space, rather than  having to transport them from Earth . This technology points towar ds the possibility of factories to be installed in space. A selection of these objects have been 3D- printed and will be  on show.

The final part of the exhibition will explore the initiatives underway to mitigate the increased  threats to both the natural w orld and civilisation . Highlights will include an architectural  model of the  Svalbard Global Seed Vault, nicknamed the “Doomsday Vault”, which contains crates of seeds from all over the world, to protect them from natural and man - made disasters. 

Also on di splay will be an example of external 5D data storage developed at the University of  Southampton; capable of surviving for billions of years,  potentially more than the human  species . These small glass discs are already being used to store major documents from human history, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The Magna Carta. 

The Future Starts Here will consider scientific solutions to the prospect of immortality. Around  2,000 people worldwide have signed up for life ext ension services,  to be stored in liquid  nitrogen after death, with a view to being brought back to life in the future. A Cryonics Alert  Bracelet is provided to anyone that signs up to the A lcor Life Extension Foundation; an  example will be shown alongside Taryn Simon’s striking photograph of the Cryonics Institute in Michigan.

The Future Starts Here
Supported by Volkswagen Group
The  Sainsbury Gallery
12 May  – 4 November 2018