We’re suckers for robots, cyborgs and visions of the future here at Tech Digest, so we jumped at the chance to get a closer look at the new Futur Fusion exhibition taking place in London’s Covent Garden area. A showcase of sculpture, illustration and photography, the exhibition explores issues surrounding nanotechnology, bio-technology and sustainability, with a healthy dose of sci-fi chic thrown in for good measure.
Collecting work from illustrator Sebastian Clark, photographer Stephane Grand and sculptor Dominic Elvin (whose previous work includes the world famous design of Camden’s Cyberdog store) it’s a vibrant, futuristic exhibition galaxies apart from the sort of work you’d find in the Tate Britain.
“I’m obsessed with frontier science,” enthused Elvin, “so I try to incorporate its ideas into my work.”
“Isaac Asimov (pioneering sci-fi author – Ed.) was my original inspiration though, going back to when I was 12 or 13. My father gave me the Asimov “Foundation” books, and they transported me to this incredible world, filling me with ideas that never left my mind.”
As much as the exhibition revels in visions of the future, the artists exhibiting also have one eye firmly fixed on the present. Specifically, Futur Fusion also looks at the way we’re still failing to take green issues seriously.
As a result, much of Elvin’s work uses recycled and reclaimed materials, the percentage of which in each work he proudly presents alongside his pieces.
“We’re trying to show people that recycled art pieces don’t have to be old washing machines looking like clunky robots, it can be really polished and cool. It’s also about seeing materials in a different way – rubbish doesn’t always have to be landfill waste,” said Elvin.
Likewise, photographer Stephane Grand’s work often acts to highlight the wasteful, destructive nature of consumerism, with a playful installation called “Mr Splatz” mimicking a chalk-line crime scene with garbage materials.
Despite the serious issues explored, the Futur Fusion team still exude playful enthusiasm for the works on show, keen to stress that the exhibit is fun and suitable for the whole family.
“Yesterday we had a big group of fifty kids with their teachers come in. They went crazy, you’d have thought they were at Disney Land! The teachers were really positive too as they’re increasingly teaching about sustainability in lessons,” said Elvin.
“For me that sort of response is fantastic, because they’re exactly the people we’re doing this for. They’re the next generation, and they’re going to have to pick up the shit left by this generation.”
The exhibition kicked off on June 13th and runs until Saturday 18th June 2011. The Futur Fusion collection can be found at I.N.C Space, 9-13 Grape Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 8ED and is open to the public, free of charge, from 9am to 7pm.
For more info on the event, visit www.facebook.com/futurfusion. Alternatively, send the Futur Fusion team a message via Twitter by using the #FuturFusion hashtag.