Designer, artist and architect Daniel Arsham is hazarding a guess with his forthcoming show #recollections, in which he imagines himself as an archaeologist in the future, looking back on our recent history.
To form the pieces for the show, Arsham created a series of cast objects from materials including volcanic ash, crystal and hydrostone.
Cameras, microphones and projectors all get a look in – presumably, items that Arsham considers will be redundant in the not too distant future.
A series of hand-painted coins will also be on show, adding to the museum-like scene.
All these works will be displayed on a system of shelves Arsham designed with his Brooklyn-based collaborative practice Snarkitecture. The shelves are an unusual, surreal proposition; created from lacquered wood and fibreglass to appear as though they float against the wall ‘like chunks of uncarved stone’, says the gallery.
Overseeing the entire exhibition is a disquieting figure against the wall. Cast from the artist’s own body in glass, one arm shields his face, looking to portray the idea of a petrified victim of the Pompeii volcanic eruption.
#recollections runs from 15 October – 16 November at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, 6 Heddon Street, London W1B