Re-designing the Future

Designers and artists including Jason Bruges and Quayola are all taking on the lofty challenge of ‘re-designing, re-imagining and re-inventing the future’ in London’s King’s Cross this week.

The Kings Cross Filling Station
The Kings Cross Filling Station

Curated by Beatrice Galilee, chief curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and co-founder of London’s Gopher Hole, this week sees King’s Cross’s new Filling Station arts space examining the future of technology through a number of exciting design and arts commissions for the Electric Futures: Vauxhall Ampera Technology week.

Mimosa, Jason Bruges Studio
Mimosa, Jason Bruges Studio

Jason Bruges Studio and Troika will be speaking about past projects and speculations on the future of the ‘hybrid creative industry’; while after dark, viewers will be treated to a nightly lighting show curated by Nuit Blanche.

a previous Quayola project
a previous Quayola project

The week opens with Nuit Blanche New York, showing a selection of works by Melodie Mousset and Martynka Wawrzyniak topped off by Quayola’s Strata #1 video installation piece.

Tuur van Balen - Cook Me
Tuur van Balen – Cook Me

Other highlights include Belgian designer Tuur van Balen’s ‘DNA hacking’, where he will be holding a demonstration on how to DNA-hack yoghurt, creating a one-of-a-kind dish. Blumenthal eat your heart out.

Choy Ka Fai  - Prospectus For A Future Body
Choy Ka Fai – Prospectus For A Future Body

Elsewhere performance art is given a rather original scientific twist in a performance by artist Choy Ka Fai, who will choreograph a piece using electrical pulses to stimulate the nerves and create movement to show the potentials of digital muscle memory.

Choy Ka Fai  - Prospectus For A Future Body
Choy Ka Fai – Prospectus For A Future Body

Also on display is designer and sound artist Yuri Suzuki’s interactive, kinetic robot that can read circuits and translate colour into sound.

The free Electric Futures: Vauxhall Ampera Technology week runs until 26 August at The King’s Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, N1C. See the full programme here: http://kxfs.co.uk/technology-week/

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