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An urge to visualise and scrutinise an imagined future has been tied with humans for centuries, may it be through the witchcraft of the crystal ball or on the contrary, through the somewhat more realistic assumptions of speculative fiction, the roots of which are in this case, grounded within an adequate knowledge of the real world. Looking back into the late nineteenth and the following twentieth century, where the multiplicity of imagined futures developed together with concepts of a speeding modernity, we are faced with an arena where the probable became gradually possible and the gap between the imagined and the lived, shifted from a diminishing distance to a greater proximity.

Time passing through images from present to future, is represented here in continuous motion and flux. It is confronted with the body – a familiar, stable and a measurable unit that becomes a filter and the scale for the imagination of an improbable, yet surprisingly possible future. A future where the body commemorates its organic form, on a quest towards a robotic upcoming that has long been rooted in the already lived of the day.

With the disruption in the understanding of the body as something strictly organic, the body similarly to the revision of the spatiotemporal becomes fragmented. It is no longer perceived as a singular form, but rather as an operational system, constructed from replaceable components, industrially produced (body) parts. While the idea behind modernity’s industrialisation was progress towards a better life, our future visions take a turn towards a non-life. Still far away from the upcoming midcentury, we are already living visions of our own future paradox.

Text by Marketa Stará Condeixa.

Adrian Dan - Midcentury Paradox
Syntax, March 4 - April 22