NGV samples the future

Image: Roland Snooks (architect), 'Unclear cloud', 2021 (3D printed polymer, carbon fibre, 3D printed steel, concrete, acrylic paint).

From 3D-printed corals and modular underwater reef structures, to robotically printed and knitted architecture, Sampling the Future, a new exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, reveals some of the extraordinary ways advanced technologies and manufacturing are shaping our near and distant futures.

Sampling the Future showcases new work by leading experimental and speculative designers whose practices bridge the worlds of design, technology, science and philosophy in order to reimagine how and why objects, structures and buildings are designed and made. These include speculative architects Roland Snooks and Leanne Zilka, Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich, Sydney-based duo Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans, and Melbourne duo Georgia Nowak and Eugene Perepletchikov, among others.

Divided into two thematic sections – the near future and the distant future – the exhibition features large-scale architectural installations, thought-provoking design objects, as well as film and sound-based works.

Designers exploring the ‘near future’ present works that combat climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, while those exploring the ‘distant future’ draw on history, mythology and philosophy to explore our relationship to and reliance on natural resources, as well as the central role that materials have played in shaping the tools and artefacts of human civilisation.

Images: (first) Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans, (second) Pirjo Haikola's 'Urchin Corals' (Photo: Sean Fennessy), (third) Render by Leanne Zilka, William Bennie, Oscar Casper and Avi Paneth.

Comprising a selection of works from the NGV Collection alongside new never-before-seen projects, the exhibition features a new major room-sized commission from Alex Goad and his Reef Design Lab. Mitigating the increasing effects of human activity on marine ecosystems, Goad’s 3D-printed modular system is designed for constructing reef habitats in tropical and temperate waters without the need for heavy-duty equipment. While providing protection for smaller fish species, the reconfigurable structure is also designed to support coral and filter feeding species such as oysters and mussels.

"Through the work of leading designers and architects, this exhibition gives audiences an exciting glimpse into our many possible futures – both real and imagined. The designers in this exhibition are using their ideas and skills to create objects, environments and images that expand our understanding of design, as well as to raise philosophical questions about how people in a distant future might make sense of today.’

Don't miss out on Sampling the Future now on at the NGV until February next year!


Dates: 5 November 2021 - 6 February 2022

Location: Federation Square The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia

Times: Daily, 10am - 5pm

Cost: Entry is free

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