*essomenia- showing things as they will be in the future.
What does it mean to be future oriented, to be a futurist in the 21st century?
Essomenia-the act of predicting the future- has been a subject of both melancholic and optimistic (and even ecstatic) contemplation, inspiration, anxiety and joy for generations of artists, philosophers, writers, designers, politicians, activists and visionaries. Is the notion of hopeful visions of the future just a modernist nostalgia? Or should we hope again – even in these compromised, commoditized times? Many see glimmers of possibility for change amongst the rubble of collapse …
In the current context of global market collapse; government upheaval; international protests-18 artists reflect and predict and fantasise what the future means to them.
where: People’s Park and Cafe, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin.
DART stop: Sandycove
when: Opening 11th September 6-8pm. future music by Check the Guns
exhibition dates: Monday 12th – Saturday 17th September. 9am-6pm
curated by: Saoirse Higgins and Cora Cummins
funded by the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council
graphics by Clare Lynch
* essomenia is part of the obselete word project by manchester artist Rachael Gittins (Interactive Arts, MMU)