Mobile Week Barcelona Exhibition: “The Everyday Future”
District: Sant Martí
Venue: Design HUB Barcelona
Days: 15 February to 4 March
Time: 10 am to 8 pm Tuesday to Sunday
Mobile Week Gallery, part of Mobile Week Barcelona, presents the 10 shortlisted works by different artists who use their creativity to examine and explore the intersection between possible future scenarios and human-technology relations. In this show, each piece or installation acts as a window onto a possible future and onto a series of important questions, with the understanding that the future is not a single, closed horizon but a range of probabilities and possibilities. If technology is currently all over the world and everywhere around us, what kinds of relationships are emerging today? What transformations may they lead to? How should we interpret them? These 10 works will help us explore and reflect on these and other questions through different senses and sensations, helping us ponder and choose what kind of future we want to happen in our most everyday present.
Imagining the architecture of the future: In the future, interior walls will cease to exist and, to buffer yourself from your neighbours, you’ll have totally transparent yet fully insulated electronic walls which are impossible to walk through.
Rosa Mariela Fierro, Róger Daniel Zambrano, Ana Patricia Arias
STRONG INDEPENDENT PLANT
Robotic plants: the mascots of the future. A new form of interactivity between plants, robots and human beings to show us the wonders of the evolution of plant physiology and their new implementations in mobile robotics and artificial intelligence in our daily lives.
What do the waves that surround us sound like? This is a reactive sound installation that is sensitive to the environment around it, a system that captures, transforms to the audible channel and emits the electromagnetic waves given off by all kinds of electrical and electronic devices.
Nicole Vindel / Random Happiness
PLEASURE: FUTURE OF FOOD
The future of the pleasure of eating is solely reserved for the use of a device, called the “anhedonia-e”. Not all of us have one. It will provide the capacity to experience and feel food beyond strictly collective nutritional intake.
THE HUMAN FEELINGS BANK
A donation bank for human feelings for the robots of the future which encourages us to reflect on the future of our species and the relationship we can develop with the machines in our everyday future.
Starting with the popular wisdom that talking to plants makes them grow better, this installation suggests a semi-autonomous plant care system in which the conversations people have in the chatbot will be recited via a text-to-speech system, creating a sound environment ideal for plants to carry out their twofold functions.
“Blockchain” is an installation which reproduces the system of creating Bitcoins through bitcoin miners (processors) connected to the web which generate combinations of digits to yield the coin. The resulting transactions are saved in a digital wallet connected to a monitor which shows the flow of coin creation.
Blockchain suggests rethinking the current idea of economics and imagining new possibilities for the creation of decentralised economic and currency systems. These systems act in a variety of spheres, from local to national to international, and they are not subjected to the decisions of a core or issuing bank or to the “physicality” of the object.
SHE PROGRAMMES CODE
The view of a woman nursing her child as she writes code. The woman, a mother and programmer, is placed between elements that contrast the natural and digital worlds, balancing the power she has programming futures.
Laura Malinverni & Cristina Valero
THERE HAS TO BE A DUMP SOMEPLACE WHERE MEMORIES ARE PILED UP
Large-scale multimedia installation which shows a wall that is entirely covered by unused mobile phones. By donning 3 helmets, the public can listen to the life stories of 6 mobile phones.
Román Torre / Rotor Studio
“Clickbait Counter” is a speculative router that uses a turn button to materialise the filter that screens IP addresses and websites considered clickbait. Thanks to the turn button, we can see the number of times we unknowingly link to one of these not very well intentioned sites.