This year marks fifty years since the Norwegian Penal Code's ban on sexual acts between men (§ 213) was lifted. In working with The Future is _____ , the museum has looked back to the ‘70s. We have allowed ourselves to be fascinated by the science fiction genre and the hippie movement, with its many utopian visions of the future. In this exhibition, we ask where we will be in fifty years. Through play and sensory experiences, this exhibition invites free thinking that the future is _____.
Our society is built on historical dichotomies, a form of binary logic. This is also reflected in how we experience ourselves and the world. In this exhibition, the museum wishes to challenge a traditional, heteronormative understanding of the world by activating the entire sensory apparatus. Because how many of us manage to live up to the heteronormative ideals? Can we break with established narratives and paradigms of knowledge if we listen more to the body than to the head?
The Future is _____ addressing you as a sentient being. The sensual defines our humanity, our belonging to each other and to nature. The exhibition does not illustrate the future, inviting you instead to use your imagination. Can we envision a future where we are completely free of a binary understanding, not only of gender and sexuality, but also in the way we experience the world?
Pipilotti Rist, Jeremy Shaw, Zheng Bo, Sandra Mujinga, Anja Carr, Børre Sæthre, Brittany Nelson, Lawrence Malstaf, Ride1 (Stig Sjølund, Jonas Kjellgren og Ronny Hansson), Anne Breivik, John Anton Risan, Axel Salto m.m.
Artist and curator Guri Simone Øveraas has put together an event program in collaboration with dancer Loan TP Hoang and Skeivt Opprør. There will be, among other things, a utopian sci-fi dance party, lectures, talks and workshops. A catalog has been created for the exhibition, with curatorial text, artistpresentations and contributions from Colin Bojer and Andreas Breivik.