Curator: Dr. Linda Williams

Tapping into general anxieties about an uncertain future and public concern about the consequences of climate change, 2112 Imagining the Future presents a range of images revealing how contemporary artists imagine the world might look in one hundred years’ time.

The exhibition responds to recent artworks that gravitate towards the realm of science fiction, a genre that explores ideas about the future and is highly developed in literature and film, but has hitherto been regarded as fairly marginal in the visual arts.

By resisting predictions of inevitable global disaster, or nuclear winters, the artworks explore the idea that although the unintended consequences of human actions have already begun to shape our future, the future is not fixed and is a domain that can shift and change according to human vision and consensus.

2112 Imagining the Future will feature works in a variety of media, exploring largely dystopian and occasionally utopian glimpses of a future world. This exhibition arises from research undertaken in the Globalization and Culture Program in the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT University.

“Art depicts the present and the present rapidly transforms into the future. Art makes the present much more coherent and palpable than it usually appears. Seeing the present as it is, makes the future vaguely visible.” – Stephen Haley, artist.


Philip Brophy, Justine Cooper, Keith Cottingham, Thomas Doyle, Lesley Duxbury, Kellyann Geurts, Stephen Haley, Kirsten Johannsen, Sam Leach, Tony Lloyd, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, Mariko Mori, Hisaharu Motoda, Lyndal Osborne, Patricia Piccinini, Philip Samartzis, Roman Signer, Superflex, Debbie Symons, Stephanie Valentin, Darren Wardle, Kenji Yanobe , Ken + Julia Yonetani, Now and When: Australian Urbanism

More information: RMIT Gallery

2112 Imagining the Future exhibition reviews:

Robert Nelson, Apocalyptic visions meet utopian vistas,  The Age

Andrew Stephen, The state of reimagined fates, The Age

The Melbourne Review

Sophie Knezic, 2112 Imagining the Future, Artlink