“Do we actually want the future to be totally unlike the present, or only a little bit different?” Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant’s works raise this question and more. Some of her work invokes a world of small tricks, magic sticks, cloud busters, barking birds and exits as entrances. Other pieces examine the big picture of the future, such as global politics in the year 2020 as presented by the authoritative voice of the New York Times. Kurant meticulously prepared a future-themed issue for the paper with the help of a professional clairvoyant and several journalists. Her big-picture works speak less about the small differences of the near future than the potential for absolute difference – events after which the world might never be the same again. Includes texts by Raimundas Malasauskas, Jean-Charles Massera, Jan Verwoert and an interview by Neville Wakefield with the artist.
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