Lille Métropole 2020 World Design Capital

The exhibition aims to demonstrate the systems of representation that refer to the state of this world or prefigure that of tomorrow, or the way in which artists help us to understand the challenges we face as we look to the future of humanity.

Speculation on the future is always guided by both utopic and dystopic perspectives. Looking at the current world situation, one might say that we need entirely new paradigms in order to contemplate the future in a positive way, given the many major crises humanity is facing.

Understanding the world on a global level is an immense challenge, while the flow and speed of information continues to increase. In addition – and perhaps due to the fusion of cultural references – human consciousness has also evolved. The notion of authority has become more widespread, and each of us can freely associate cultural or gender-based references to shape and reshape our own identity at will. Furthermore, humanity is increasingly interested in exploring communication between species, which includes all life forms. The notion of life as we know it so far is also called into question when we think about the very slow evolution of organisms seen as inert. Could we be witnessing a resurgence of animism as a concept, rather than as a belief system, or a way of understanding the universe ?

Fluidity : imagine the human should not be approached from purely scientific and factual speculations ; envisioning the future also depends on fantasies and humanity’s very varied relationships with technology, not to mention the effects of economic or political interests.