The exhibition at east London’s Arebyte gallery presents a series of projects from Royal College of Art graduates that look to explore the impact of technology on the people and environments of the future, examining them in light of the social and political contexts of the imagined worlds they inhabit.
According to the gallery, the work on show examines questions including ‘what is happiness and must we achieve it?’; ‘How will vanity and hedonism evolve with our use of technology?’ and ‘Can we create new forms of life to enhance our experience of nature?’
Alexa Pollmann’s graphic novel Indivivacy takes the trend for nomadic lifestyles to a strange, yet oddly logical conclusion – ‘body vehicles’, which have become the new ‘national costumes’.
Adam Peacock’s installation also uses the body as a canvas with which to accommodate certain trends. His Validation Junky piece presents a ‘Post Industrial Brain’, sited in a future where ‘our lives are continually guided upon technology and athleticism and full body function might no longer be necessary.’
In Environments, Kathryn Fleming looks to circuses, zoos and safaris, and the way they have shaped how people perceive wild animals. She has created a prototype of an ecology space in which the animals have been designed to better adapt for a ‘manmade wilderness’.
Next Brave New World runs from 20 August – 16 September at Arebyte gallery, Unit 4, 49 White Post Lane. Queens Yard. E9 5EN