Future Continuous

Future Continuous is an online series of episodes featuring contemporary artists and scholars responding to the shifting necessities of our moment. Ep. 1 of the series was supported by Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and JOAN Los Angeles.

Focused primarily on artists working with research-based methodologies, Future Continuous activates their inquiries by intermingling speculative works of art with discoveries and analysis from a diverse selection of invited scholars and experts in fields including neurobiology, planetary science, robotics, and urban history.

Future Continuous is a documentary series that presents new and innovative forms of knowledge production that foreground the primacy of adaptability in recent contemporary art. The themes of each segment will continuously circle back to questions related to the limits, boundaries and pursuits entailed by operating under the umbrella term, “artist.” It will seek to interrogate which definitions of the term still hold true and which appear vestigial in our shifting present. Future Continuous will explore parallel and competing visions of what the future holds for both art and the world it lives in. In presenting both hopeful examples of progress and neglected signs of change, Future Continuous will strive to map our real evolving futures.

Episode 1: Viral Memory

Episode 1 of Future Continuous includes interviews with writer, urbanist, and media historian Norman M. Klein, artists Miljohn Ruperto and Candice Lin, and neurobiologist Jason Shepherd. By considering current upheavals through the lens of science fiction such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) and Edward Bellamy’s novel Looking Backward 2000-1887 (1888), the episode’s prologue considers the future of downtown Los Angeles’s Bradbury Building by way of its history. "Viral Memory" then examines speculations around an ancient virus linked to memory in the brain's genetic structure, the sibling relationship between infection and possession, and our estrangement from the intimacy of other species that share our bodies. Video works excerpted in Episode 1 include Ordinal SW/NE (2017) by Miljohn Ruperto and Rini Yun Keagy and Toxic Semiotics (2020) by Candice Lin.

Future Continuous is made possible with support from the Wilhelm Family Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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