What is it?
Futur Fusion, the latest exhibition in Londonâs Covent Garden area is a delightful mix of future technology and sci-fi. Rooted in a vision of the possible trajectory science will take in the coming years, it takes refuge in the fantasy of sci-fi to add a touch of glamour to the show. A showcase of sculpture, illustration and photography, the overwhelming exhibits are as much a comment on our way of life today. The pieces use art to transcend space and time and bring to the audience the overwhelming manifestations that science takes in the fields of design, fashion, philosophy and consecutively in ones culture itself. Through its focus on bio-technology, nanotechnology and sustainability, Futur Fusion is as much a comment on ones past and present as it is on the exciting possibilities that the future holds from this standpoint.
One of the prominent artists at the display is Dominic Elvin. His contributions are the futuristic sculptures made out of waste materials. The illustrations are by designer Sebastian Clark and the photographs are by Stephane Grand.
Elvin draws much from culture in his pieces, but its foundation and elegance is derived from the fantasy world of eminent sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov who has helped the genre of writing to grow by leaps and bounds. Elvin affirms that Asimovâs books have left an everlasting impression on him ever since his first encounter with them during adolescence. He still remembers that his obsession started out when his father gifted him the Asimov âFoundationâ books when he was 12 or 13.
However, the sleek sculptures are more than just a tribute to his childhood hero. Each piece is made of various recycled and reclaimed materials. Alongside the fabulous pieces, Elvin has put up the percentage of sustainable materials that have been used in its creation. The cool look, from a âgreenâ point of view is not just to create a fascination for the future in the audience. To Elvin, this is a chance to point out that wonderful things can be made out of waste. This exhibit is a chance for him to get people to reconsider what they have so far considered rubbish. He uses his talent to create exquisite pieces that shows that the future could be made exciting with what we, in the present, dismiss without a second glance as useless. He brings alive Asimovâs world with a flair quite unmatched.
Dominic Elvin, Sebastian Clark and Stephen Grand whose works constitutes this exhibit use humor, imagination and creativity to revel in a future that consists of beautiful machines, bought alive through cutting edge technology that has already begun to take off in the present itself.
Elvinâs obsession with frontier science has a remarkable presence in the exhibition. Clark and Grand both, just like Elvin touch upon the issue of being environment friendly. Their message, it seems is that waste, the one thing that is increasingly becoming a concern in the present, if used and re-used rightly could actually help shape how things will be. At the same time, they criticize the present disregard for the enormity of the issue at hand.
The artists hope that by putting up a show of this size, they can allure people into being more environment friendly by presenting a future that almost entirely revolves around recycling and responsible management of waste.
The artists also note that even with such serious issues, there isnât a need to stop being playful. The exhibition is as much a mark of the enthusiasm its creators have for the future as a marriage of technology and responsible living. The artists have tried to encourage the maximum audience possible into attending the exhibit by making sure it has several aspects that will interest every member of the family.
Unlike the typical âgreen exhibitsâ with their rickety pieces that look like feeble science projects, these pieces show a strong design aesthetic that is bound to convince people on the myriad possibilities being ignored by our current perception of waste and its disposal.