Facing Forward

Art and Theory from a Future Perspective

Edited by Hendrik Folkerts, Christoph Lindner, and Margriet Schavemaker

Facing Forward

Edited by Hendrik Folkerts, Christoph Lindner, and Margriet Schavemaker

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

188 pages | 8 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9789089647993 Published October 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Contemporary visual culture has been dominated by futuristic utopian and dystopian ideas that reflect a longing for a seamless interface between the virtual and real, as well as a desire for a release from the constraints of space and time. Constructed around both speculative predictions and creative scientific arguments, these ideas contribute to a pervasive visual rhetoric that influences our sense of things to come.  

Delving into the importance of these perspectives and the art that both results from and shapes them, this volume is a spirited exploration of the interface between art and theory in the twenty-first century. The essays reflect collaborative work between the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam, De Appel arts centre, W139–Space for Contemporary Art, and the art magazine Metropolis M. Discussing provocative themes like “Future History” and “Future Freedom,” Facing Forward is an energetic look at how our visions of the future affect how we depict the world around us now.
Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
A CHANGE OF DIRECTION: An Introduction to Facing Forward: Art & Theory From a Future Perspective
 
Future Tech
AMBER CASE
An Anthropology of Cyborgs, for Cyborgs
MANUEL DELANDA
The Use of Genetic Algorithms in Art
 
Future City
CHINA MIÉVILLE
Future City
REM KOOLHAAS
Countryside
 
Future Image
JAMES ELKINS 
Thought on the State and Future of the Image
JALAL TOUFIC
The Future of the Creative Image
 
Future Museum
IWONA BLAZWICK
Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Institutions So Different, So Appealing?
HANS BELTING
The Plurality of Art Worlds and the New Museum
 
Future Freedom
HITO STEYERL
Freedom from Everything Freelancers and Mercenaries  
PAUL CHAN
Duchamp, or Freedom: A Comedy
 
Future History
DAVID SUMMERS
Is Future Cultural History Possible?
AMELIA JONES
Live Art as “Future History”. Performance and the Archive, a Case Study
 
Epilogue: Future Future
JUHA VAN ‘T ZELFDE
#thenewspacerace
PAT RICIA
PISTERS
Facing Backward: Images from the Future
TIMOTHEUS VERMEULEN
The YBAs Are Dead. Long Live the YBAs!
HASSNAE BOUAZZA
Democratizationand the Internet
MELISSA GRONLUND
Text Me This Picture
MATTHIJS DE BRUIJNE
For Whom Are We Working?
METAHAVEN
Guide to a Better Internet
DING REN
The Elegance of an Empty Room
MARIA
BARNAS
On News Desks and the Need to Get Lost
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