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  • Source: ARTNET NEWS
  • Author: Editorial Staff
  • Date: June 12, 2018
  • Format: DIGITAL

What Will Art Look Like in 100 Years?

We Asked 16 Contemporary Artists to Predict the Future

It’s an understatement to say that a lot can change in 100 years. A century ago, Europe was just limping out of World War I, and the anarchic seeds of Modernism were spreading throughout a traumatized world. A century from today is hard to envision.But that hasn’t stopped some artists from trying. In 2014, the Scottish artist Katie Peterson launched the Future Library, which commissions one writer each year to contribute a text that will remain unpublished until 2114. The writings will be printed on paper supplied by lumber from a forest she planted four years ago just outside Oslo.

More recently, LOUIS XIII Cognac partnered with pop star Pharrell Williams to write a song that would be released in 100 years. The musician and sometimes-curator created a solitary recording printed on water-soluble clay and stored in a state-of-the-art safe that is only destructible when submerged in water. The idea? Unless mankind reverses the depredations of climate change, the recording, titled “100 Years, The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care,” might be destroyed before it is ever heard.

The future may be bright, it may be dire, but it remains to be shaped by ideas yet unthought. In the spirit of looking forward to the uncertain world 100 years hence, we asked a broad range of artists, from Michelle Grabner to Doug Aitken to Nick Cave, to predict what the world—and art—will look like in a century.

Terence Koh

Courtesy of the artist and Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite, Blessed Avenue, still image. Courtesy of Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite

Architecture and Design probably will prevail as a fine art because of the urgency to survive Climate Change …. that is, if we are still here.