We are not sure if we have already announced that we will be showing our current work Turnton Docklands at the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz. Great news that we know since quite a while, great news keeping us busy for a similarly long while!
20 years after we have been showing our first piece at ARS-Electronica in 1997 we will be back in the context of the festival as “featured artist” and turn the basement of the Lentos into a experiential glimpse into a possible future.
With Turnton Docklands we try to seduce an audience to imagine a world 30 years ahead. A world which doesn’t look good, in which the implications of the careless misuse and manipulation of ecological systems have come home to roost, the looming climax disaster appears unavoidable. In opposition we propose that humanity responds to this ecological dystopia with sociopolitical utopic changes. Starting with a question of how luxury might be defined and perceived three decades from now, we developed a melding of several emerging positive opposition proposals in order to undermine the ecological slide.
A rather wide-ranging endeavour, a rather ambitious challenge – but one, we are happy to keep ourselves busy with, being aware that the offering is not a prognosis, only a proposal. We mix and match concepts and signals that we know about with a playful portion of fabulation and poetic speculation in order to obtain a possibility that we find interesting and worth thinking about.
We prefer to look into the preferable and not just the pessimistic probable; to imagine a future worth living in, in spite of all that might befall us; a good life for all, inviting an audience to join us in imagining more parts of the incomplete picture.
Needless to say, we are busy sketching, constructing and implementing, our team is growing, our working-hours are increasing and our brains are pulsing!
Turnton Docklands has been emerging out of a project we started in the context of Changing Weathers, a pan-European project made possible with the support from: Creative Europe Culture, BKA-Kunst, Linz Kultur and Kulturland OÖ.