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The Future (curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist)



Für seinen Abschlussvortrag im Rahmen des "Where do we go from here"-Symposiums des Louisiana Museums während des UN-Klimagipfels in Kophenhagen stellte der Superkurator Hans Ulrich Obrist éine seiner legendären Listen zusammen.

For his exit lecture at the "Where do we go from here?" symposium at the Louisiana Museum during the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, supercurator Hans Ulrich Obrist  compiled one of his famous lists. 



The future will be....
list compiled by Hans Ulrich Obrist


The future will be chrome.

Rirkrit Tiravanija


The future will be curved.

Olafur Eliasson


The future will be "in the name of the future.

Anri Sala


The future will be so subjective.

Tino Sehgal


The future will be bouclette.

Douglas Gordon


The future will be curious.

Nico Dockx


The future will be obsolete.

Tacita Dean


The future will be asymmetric.

Pedro Reyes


The future will be a slap in the face.

Cao Fei


The future will be delayed.

Loris Greaud


The future does not exist but in snapshots.

Philippe Parreno


The future will be tropical.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster


Future? ...you must be mistaken

Trisha Donnelly


The future will be overgrown and decayed.

Simryn Gill


The future will be tense.

John Baldessari


Zukunft ist lecker.

Hans-Peter Feldmann


Zukunft ist wichtiger als Freizeit.

Helmut Kohl (proposed by Carsten Höller)


A future fuelled by human waste.

Matthew Barney


The future is going nowhere without us.

Paul Chan


The future is now - the future is it.

Doug Aitken


The future is one night, just look up.

Tomas Saraceno


The future will be a remake...

Didier Fiuza Faustino


The future is what we construct from what we remember of the past - the present is the time of instantaneous revelation.

Lawrence Weiner


The future is this place at a different time.

Bruce Sterling


The future will be widely reproduced and distributed.

Cory Doctorow


The future will be whatever we make it.

Jacque Fresco


The future will involve splendour and poverty.

Arto Lindsay


The future is uncertain because it will be what we make it.

Immanuel Wallerstein


The future is waiting - the future will be self-organized.

Raqs Media Collective


Dum Spero/ While I breathe, I hope.

Nancy Spero


This is not the future.

Jordan Wolfson


The future is a dog/ l'avenir c'est la femme.

Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron


On its way; it was here yesterday.

Hreinn Friðfinnsson


The future will be an armchair strategist, the future will be like no snow on the broken bridge.

Yang Fudong


The future always flies under the radar.


 Martha Rosler

Suture that future.

Peter Doig


'To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow' (Shakespeare).

Richard Hamilton


The future is overrated.

Cerith Wyn Evans


futuro = $B!g(B

Hector Zamorra


The future is a large pharmacy with a memory deficit.

David Askevold


The future will be bamboo.

Tay Kheng Soon


The future will be ousss.

Koo Jeong-A


The future will be...grains, particles & bits.

The future will be...ripples, waves & flow.

The future will be...mix, swarms, multitudes.

The future will be...the future we deserve but with some surprises, if only some of us take notice.

Vito Acconci


In the future...the earth as a weapon...

Allora & Calzadilla


The future is our excuse.

Joseph Grigely and Amy Vogel


The future will be repeated.

Marlene Dumas

 Ok, ok I’ll tell you about the future; but I am very busy right now; give me a couple of days more to finish some things and I’ll get back to you.

Jimmie Durham


Future is instant.

Yung Ho Chang


'The future is not.'

Zaha Hadid


The future is private.

Anton Vidokle



The future will be layered and inconsistent.

Liam Gillick


The future is a piano wire in a pussy powering something important.

Matthew Ronay


In the future perhaps there will be no past.

Daniel Birnbaum


The future was.

Julieta Aranda


The future is menace.

Carolee Schneemann


The future is a forget-me-not.

Molly Nesbit


The future is an knowing exchange of glances.

Sarah Morris


The future: Scratching on things I could disavow.

Walid Raad


The future is our own wishful thinking.

Liu Ding


Le futur est un étoilement.

Edouard Glissant


The future is now.

Maurizio Cattelan


The future has a silver lining.

Thomas Demand


The future is now and here.

Yona Friedman


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The future is without you.

Damien Hirst


The future is a season.

Pierre Huyghe


The future is a poster.



We have repeated the future out of existence.

Tom McCarthy


The future has two large beautiful eyes.

Jonas Mekas


less, few tours in my future.

Stefano Boeri


Future is what it is.

Huang Yong Ping


 The future is the very few years we have remaining before all time becomes one time.

Grant Morrison



Jan Kaplicky


Future is more freedom.

Jia Zhangke


My art is very free, I don’t know what to do in the future. But I am positive.

Xu Zhen


The future is inside.

Shumon Basar, Markus Miessen, Åbäke



Thomas Hirschhorn


The future will be grim if we don't do something about it.

Morgan Fisher


The future is reflexive and coming together

Olafur Eliasson


The future is listening

Shilpa Gupta


The future lies in the unknown

Ann Lislegaard


Nothing stinks, only thinking made it so

Sissel Tolaas


What the future is, you only know next morning

Die Zukunft kann man nur ueber Nacht definieren

Peter Sloterdijk


The future is a disease

Peter Weibel


Foto: Gardard Eide Einarssons's installation on the Louisiana Museum photographed by Finn Broendum.




9 Kommentare »

  1. The future has already happened.

    Comment by Jason Job — Dezember 17, 2009 @ 04:15

  2. history is future.
    death‘s head moth manifesto (2004) from Billy Childish

    Comment by kai aus murnau — Dezember 17, 2009 @ 09:58

  3. Ja - the future will be.

    Und egal, was sie uns nach Kopenhagen bringen wird, alle werden später recht haben wollen:

    1. Klimawandel findet nicht statt
    - die einen werden sagen: dank unserer Bemühungen ist das Klima stabil geblieben
    - die anderen werden sagen: wir haben schon immer gesagt, dass das bloß Panikmache war

    2. Klimawandel findet statt (worst case szenario – 4 Grad plus)
    - unsere Bemühungen fanden zu spät und nicht im erforderlichen Umfang statt
    - es war illusorisch zu glauben, man könnte der Lauf der Dinge (der Sonne) beeinflussen

    3. Klimawandel findet statt (best case szenario – 2 Grad plus)
    - ohne unserer Bemühungen wäre es schlimmer gekommen
    - wir haben schon immer gesagt, dass es nicht so wild sein würde

    4. ...

    Comment by Dion — Dezember 19, 2009 @ 18:04

  4. The future is so last week!

    Comment by Ricardo Dominguez — Dezember 20, 2009 @ 11:47

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  8. If only I had a dime for every time I came here! Incredible read.

    Comment by Xavier Horn — Mai 27, 2010 @ 02:37

  9. “The future is not what it used to be.”

    (graffitti found in a toilet in California quoted in
    Michael Davies' "In the Future Now: A Report
    from California", 1972)

    Comment by Klaus — Januar 2, 2013 @ 18:31

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