Opening July 25th, 2014 - August 3rd, 2014
"We are not free. And the sky can still fall on our heads.
And the theater has been created to teach us that first of all."
99¢ Plus is pleased to present Future Future, a work of speculative fiction in the form of an exhibition curated by Carlye Packer and Nicholas Korody.
The exhibition will be presented as a retrospective survey of the works of a group of artists motivated by the belief that accelerating the collapse of the global art market and its unchecked growth was the only viable means to maintain art as a practice. Situated shortly after their coordinated terrorist attack on international art institutions, the show critically investigates the early works of these artists in search of shared motivations and ideologies behind the event.
Inside the gallery, the fictitious must be understood as true. This speculative reality is constructed with sculpture, photographs, video, and a catalogue of writings, including artist statements, critical responses and interviews. The invention of this fantasy affords us the ability to create and to write through various personas who can speak things we would not usually be able to say. It enables an exploration of the depths of our own anxiety, depression, shame, fear and dread of the future.
Fiction is used as a tool to imagine an alternative future, to enable the pursuit of extremities of emotion and thought. It interrogates dominant reality and its producers, re-presenting this reality, while also accusing it. A disaster situation is created to be an orienting point for considering art in an age marked by the confluence of ecological, political, and economic crises. Located in an uncertain but imminent future, it frames a reflective critique of contemporary art as well as underlying ideologies that pretend that things will continue as they are now.