• Future of Futures (Scene 1: Nottingham Contemporary)
    Céline Condorelli, Femke Herregraven, Grace Ndiritu, and Liz Jensen
    Artistic Team
    Prem Krishnamurthy, Sam Thorne, and Nicole Yip
    Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
    Nov 20, 2021 to Apr 18, 2022
    Prem Krishnamurthy

“Future of Futures” workshop with Céline Condorelli, Grace Ndiritu, Liz Jensen, Nicole Yip, Nina Rune Essendrop, Prem Krishnamurthy, Sam Thorne, and Susan Ploetz. October 2019 at Nottingham Contemporary, UK.

Future of Futures takes an experimental approach to exhibition making that explores how design, art, and fiction can address critical contemporary challenges. Integrating methods from scenario planning and role playing, the project convenes teams of designers, artists, architects, and writers to curate speculative exhibitions set in radically disparate futures. Future of Futures argues that today’s creative practitioners must embrace new ways of working together to envision possibilities for our collective futures. The first exhibition “scene” takes place at Nottingham Contemporary, a leading UK contemporary art center, in 2021. An interdisciplinary team drafts a near- or long-term future scenario for Nottingham’s context and curates an exhibition set entirely in this future. The novel framework allows the team to rethink existing exhibition conventions including architecture, display, mediation, and visitor experience. Like a distributed, high-stakes game, the project uses exhibitions as playing fields to prototype imminent futures and rehearse potential modes of action.

Prem Krishnamurthy is a designer, curator, writer, and teacher. He is codirector of Wkshps, a multidisciplinary design practice; coartistic director of the 2022 iteration of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art; and organizer of Present!, a participatory event series started in March 2020. Krishnamurthy has curated exhibitions internationally including Fikra Graphic Design Biennial 01: Ministry of Graphic Design, Sharjah, UAE; 13th A.I.R. Biennial, Let’s try listening again, New York; Creative Operational Solutions, Para Site, Hong Kong; and DIS-PLAY / RE-PLAY, Austrian Cultural Forum New York. He has written for numerous catalogues and magazines and has edited books with Berkeley Art Museum, Cabinet Books, Duke University Press, Paper Monument, and others. Previously, Krishnamurthy founded the experimental gallery P! and the design studio Project Projects. He received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communications Design in 2015 and his professional papers are held by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. His experimental electronic book, P!DF, is available online.