Future Shock was one of London’s most significant art shows of 2022, bringing together 16 cutting-edge audiovisual artworks that blurred the boundary between physical and digital space. Now, you can experience the show as an interactive digital experience – wherever you are in the world.
Enigmatic artist Weirdcore has created a virtual interpretation of the show, curated by Fact and 180 Studios, using material filmed, scanned and reconstructed from the exhibition to create an inactive site. The site reinterprets all 16 works by Ryoichi Kurokawa, Caterina Barbieri, Actual Objects, United Visual Artists, GENER8ION (aka Romain Gavras and Surkin), Gaika, Tundra, Ben Kelly & Scanner, NONOTAK and object blue & Natalia Podgórska on the web, offering viewers to experience the show as a curated journey or self-guided experience.
Future Shock was initially staged within the subterranean, brutalist surrounds of London’s 180 Studios from April to August 2022. The show’s title was taken from American futurologist Alvin Toffler’s seminal 1970s book, Future Shock, which predicts the ‘shattering stress and disorientation’ caused by rapid technological developments and change.
Each artist responded to this idea, including Weirdcore, whose psychedelic installation offers a journey into the labyrinth of their subconscious, with a soundtrack by Aphex Twin – a surreal ‘choose your own adventure’ with multiple pathways. Meanwhile, Actual Objects created an interactive, mythical, post-climate-change vision of Los Angeles in Unreal Engine for its installation, ‘Bugwatchers’.
Visit the Future Shock website for the full virtual experience. It works best in Google Chrome.