The City in the Sea

Times Up Boating Association

At the “Future Fictions” exhibition in Hasselt, Belgium, we visited our friends and colleagues FoAM work area, a documentation of their ongoing projects with various practitioners to develop, among other things, future literacy. Taking a walk around, there were all sorts of more or less optimistic, fantastic, mundane and unlikely futures perspectives. A recommendable visit.

For those interested in aquatic themes, some works attract attention. Perhaps the nicest piece in that subrealm is Liam Young’s New City series, with the “The City in the Sea” piece attracting attention. A video loop portraying a city built upon a floating mass of plastics rubbish, swaying slightly in the swells, a kind of unanchored Kowloon. Attached to this video backdrop, the ultra short story from Pat Cadigan, carrying the same title, narrates a small, highly subjective glimpse into this future world.

It is interesting to see a speculative future of the garbage patches…

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