Future Ruins is an augmented reality exhibition that serves as a guide for new directions in the ongoing investigation of selfhood within the precarity of the digital age.
A series of limited edition silkscreened prints by NXS World speculates on different themes related to the consequences of digital technology for the concept of the self, and how the self can be upheld in the near future: techno-suicide, the notion of time, new forms of kinship, the invisibility of technology and the human evolution.
Through the Future Ruins app, each design is triggering access to an augmented reality layer with works by six artists: Jon Emmony, Rick Farin, H5IO, Mary Ponomareva, SELAM X and kid xanthrax. By dissecting different layered dimensions of space and time, each artistic reflection prophecies what can be deconstructed and rebuilt in the era ahead of us.
The series of maps were presented within a spatial installation reminiscing of the past dinner event, and were accompanied by the essay The Monstrous Intimacy of the Online Self by Tamar Shafrir and an audio landscape by Juju1OV3.
Future Ruins is the 3rd and final part of the collaboration between NXS and fanfare for the /b/channel series. This edition is the outcome of the preceding /b/channel 2/3, a private dinner event which took place in Spring 2017. During five courses, an unconventional mix of twelve so-called techno-anthropologists let their thoughts run freely during informal table talk wherein they expressed their concerns, wishes, expectations and speculations on themes that concern the self in the age of digital technology. The topics were gathered, analyzed and extracted into the six themes that became the starting point for Future Ruins.