The Institute of Things to Come

The Institute of Things to Come

Bedwyr Williams | Kapwani Kiwanga | Alex Cecchetti | Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

curated by
Ludovica Carbotta and Valerio Del Baglivo

The project is supported by the grant ORA! from Compagnia di San Paolo and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

7 February – 15 October 2017

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents The Institute of Things to Come is a temporary research center on futurological scenarios that will occupy the project-room of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy. From February to September 2017, four solo exhibitions and an educational program will investigate our vision of the present by speculating about future.

The project takes inspiration from H. G. Wells’ novel, The Shape of Things to Come, where the author transforms his personal vision of the future into a fictitious historical chronicle while narrating the story of the world from 1933, year of publication, to 2106. With these premises, along with the notion of “fiction as critique”, the aim of The Institute of Things to Come is to investigate the ways we project forward our desires, fears and expectations, by training under unknown existential conditions and by imagining alternatives to what already exists.