Landscape Futures
Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions

Landscape Futures explores how planetary landscapes, and our perceptions of them, can be utterly transformed by technology and design. Specifically, it will investigate the shifting terrains of architectural invention, where the construction of new spatial devices on a variety of scales, from the inhabitable to the portable, can uncover previously inaccessible aspects of the built and natural environments. The devices on display—and the traces they reveal—will thus demonstrate that the landscape around us is like sheet music: an interpretive repository of bewildering variation that can be captured and made visible (even audible) through the perceptual instruments and recording devices that we invent.

The exhibition features commissioned works by David Benjamin & Soo-in Yang (The Living), Mark Smout & Laura Allen (Smout Allen), David Gissen, Mason White & Lola Sheppard (Lateral Office), Chris Woebken & Kenichi Okada, and Liam Young.

The exhibition will be an extraordinary mix of large-scale installations, technical prototypes, wall-sized graphics, and portable devices, each of which will provide visitors with unexpected access to the invisible—and often fantastical—streams of data constantly generated by the landscapes around us. In the process, this group exhibition will reveal the multitude of ways through which landscapes can be read, cataloged, interpreted, and understood; but it will also ask questions. How, for instance, can these and other future tools be imagined, designed, and materially implemented? What potential uses might be found for something that alters how we see, read, and understand our surroundings?

Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions is guest curated by Geoff Manaugh. It will be mounted in the Museum's 2,500 square foot Contemporary Gallery as a part of the Museum's 2011 Season of Art + Environment Exhibition Series.

Sponsorship for this exhibition is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about three of Smout Allen's projects in the exhibition, view these PDFs:

London's Hydro-Infrastructures

Lanzarote, A changing Climate

The River Severn

Click here to see Smout Allen's Surface Tension installation in motion.

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Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions, gallery installation photographs, 2011. © Jamie Kingham

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