Conference: Future Passé, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, 2 June 2017.

The Victoria & Albert Museum, along with the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, is pleased to invite you to the full-day conference Future Passé.

Main speakers: Historian of Technology David Edgerton, Architectural Historian Barbara Penner, Geographer Gillian Rose, Architect Liam Young

Keynote: Filmmaker Peter Greenaway

How do we represent urban change and technological development in visual and textual form, historically and in the present? How has visual rhetoric been used to normalize the disruption and destruction that accompanies modern ideas of ‘progress’? And what happens when these confident predictions of future relevance fail and we are left with dead-ends and obsolete technologies, the unwanted remains of modernity?

Join academic speakers, V&A curators, artists and filmmakers as they aim to unpick how narratives of progress have been – and continue to be – established through visual and textual representations of urban change and technological development. What ends do these narratives serve? How can they be unpicked and re-presented?

The full programme of the conference can be downloaded here.

The event is free, but online booking required: https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/Mo7OM4o5/future-passe

This conference has been generously supported by the Humanities in the European Research Area Joint Research Programme as part of the Printing the Past: Architecture, Print Culture, and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe [PriArc], a multidisciplinary research project involving Oslo School of Architecture, UCL, Leiden University, Ghent University, and designers and curators from the V&A/RIBA, Musée d’Orsay, Museum of Cultural History (Oslo) and Factum Arte.

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