Future Passé

JUNE 2, 2017
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

future-passeHow do we represent urban change and technological development in visual and textual form, historically and in the present? How has visual rhetoric been used to normalize the disruption and destruction that accompanies modern ideas of ‘progress’? And what happens when these confident predictions of future relevance fail and we are left with dead-ends and obsolete technologies, the unwanted remains of modernity?

Join academic speakers, V&A curators, artists and filmmakers as they aim to unpick how narratives of progress have been – and continue to be – established through visual and textual representations of urban change and technological development. What ends do these narratives serve? How can they be unpicked and re-presented?


PriArc partners Victoria & Albert Museum and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, are pleased to invite you to the full-day conference:

Future Passé
Friday 2 June 2017, 10-5:30pm
Victoria & Albert Museum, Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Main speakers: Historian of Technology David Edgerton, Architectural Historian Barbara Penner, Geographer Gillian Rose, Architect Liam Young

Keynote: Filmmaker Peter Greenaway

The event is free, but online booking required:

Booking here

Programme here


Originally posted May 13, 2017. Latest revision August 17, 2017.

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