The Future From Memory is a major new commission by British artist Emma Kay. The work takes the form of a digitally animated text projection that describes the future of the world, according to the artist's memory. The Future From Memory combines fact and fiction; the text that forms the work is culled from the collective domains of civilization. Any realm that describes an idea of the future – from science to spirituality, culture to economics – is co-opted into Kay's vision.
Realised with Flash animation software, Kay's commission at Chisenhale is a vast, rolling series of predictive packages, moving into the distance Star Wars-style. However, far removed from sci-fi visions of cinematic grandeur, the work is realised through thoroughly minimal means, whilst negotiating the pros and cons of holo-entertainment, tissue regeneration and dodo-cloning.
Kay's recent work has dealt with individual memory in a range of media and across a divergence of major subjects: The World From Memory is a series of hand drawn maps; The Bible From Memory is realised as a 7,000 word text; Shakespeare From Memory attempts the reconstruction of each of the writer's plays; and Worldview, an 80,000-word text describing the history of the world, is also published in book form.
British artist Emma Kay received her M.A. from Goldsmiths College in 1997. She is known for her text-based works examining the subjective nature of knowledge and memory, and the systems we use to perceive, store and access bodies of knowledge. Selected exhibitions include: The Story of Art, The Power Plant, Toronto, (2003); Tate Modern, London (2003); Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2001); ARS 01, Kiasma, Helsinki (2001); The British Art Show 5, Hayward Gallery, London (2000); the Istanbul Biennial (1999).
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