#recollections from the future

How will the archaeologists of the future see the relics from today? What will the digs taking place a thousand years from now unearth?

Ash Eroded Polaroid, 2013

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Ash Eroded Polaroid, 2013

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.

Daniel Arsham, Study of the Eroded Quarter (reverse), 2013

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Daniel Arsham, Study of the Eroded Quarter (reverse), 2013

A series of hand-painted coins will also be on show, adding to the museum-like scene.

Daniel Arsham, Snarkitecture, Shelves, 2012

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Daniel Arsham, Snarkitecture, Shelves, 2012

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.

Daniel Arsham,  Shielded Figure, 2013

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Daniel Arsham, Shielded Figure, 2013. Photograph by Manfredi Gioacchini

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.

Daniel Arsham  Crystal Eroded 16mm Film Projector, 2013

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Daniel Arsham Crystal Eroded 16mm Film Projector, 2013

#recollections runs from 15 October – 16 November at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, 6 Heddon Street, London W1B

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