neil cummings

I Taste the Future

Museum Futures was exhibited as part of I Taste the Future, the 2017 iteration of the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Norway.


I Taste the Future proposes speculations about the future of the Lofoten archipelago and its surrounding sea. Situated 150 years from now, the Festival draws on science fiction as a model for thinking about futures, rooted in Henningsvær, a village with 460 inhabitants. Historically Henningsvær was the most important fishing village in what still remains one of the world’s largest seasonal fisheries, known primarily for the cod that has been coming to spawn in Lofoten for centuries.

Museum Futures: Distributed - is a machinima record of the centenary interview with Moderna Museet’s executive Ayan Lindquist in June 2058. It explores a genealogy for contemporary art practice and its institutions, by re-imagining the role of artists, museums, galleries, markets, manufactories and academies.

The project was a collaboration with Marysia Lewandowska, commissioned by Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden.

The consequences of climate change and off-shore drilling in relation to Lofoten’s fishing industry and ecology will be addressed through a I Taste the Future's month-long events program. From a global perspective, the ocean’s status as a space owned by everyone and no-one is under pressure due to growing interest in its resources. Lofoten is no exception. 

Rather than attempt to make predictions, I Taste the Future aims to explore how art can open up spaces for new modes of knowing, and to create viable possible futures.

* Museum Futures: Distributed - interview transcription

* pdf

* other formats

Visit Museum Futures: Distributed credits and screening page



Related projects include Self Portrait: Arnolfini and More Things can Happen


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I Taste the Future Festival
Lofoten Islands

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