“Future Tellers” is a group exhibition that consists of thought-works by 12 participants stretching over a range of media from drawing, sculpture, code, text to film and mixed media installation.
Implications and inventions of new technologies often derive from science-fiction works, which reminds us the relevance of shared beliefs and focused intention in the matter of constructing futures. The exhibition is interested in portraying the artist as a storyteller, and showcases works that are the outcomes of their internalized perceptions of and reactions to technological advancements.
With “Future Tellers,” Digi.logue has invited participants to reflect upon a sense of future and to explore present technological aspects that might perform to manufacture forthcoming realities, proposing ultimately the question of where the human species will be in the future and how we will change.
In “Thinking about Technology,” Joseph C. Pitt’s book on foundations of the philosophy of technology, the author argues that technology is a defining feature of the human condition, and proposes philosophy, the best suited form of inquiry, to make sense of its impacts in our lives and values. Even though an epistemological perspective to tackle the general topic of technology is necessary – as considerable amount of its foundation lies on science – “Future Tellers” theme is inspired by yet another human condition, frequently mentioned as the core of science-fiction: imagination.
Whether it’s studying the augmented sense of self within our digitized modern world, situating the place of humanity in the context of evolution, or hypothesizing humankind becoming irrelevant or non-existent all together, the exhibition deals with alternative future societies, blurred physical boundaries of the human body, artificial intelligence, illusory dimensions of meaning, computer generated dialogues between researchers, and, inevitably, Elon Musk.
As each individual work converges into a collective idea of the future, the cultural activity of sharing stories is rekindled. The exhibition facilitates a return to “thinking about technology” rather than utilizing it as a medium.
Artists: Pınar Yoldaş, Candaş Şişman, Onur Sönmez, Alper Derinboğaz, Ali M Demirel & Joanie Le Mercier, Özge Ejder, Alp Güneysel, Selçuk Artut, Elif Demirci aka Data Fobik, Elif Ayiter, Eren Başbuğ