Die Welt in 100 Jahren 2010

“Everyone will have his own pocket telephone that will enable him to get in touch with anyone he wishes. People living in the Wireless Age will be able to go everywhere with their transceivers, which they will be able to affix wherever they like— to their hat, for instance …“

Robert Sloss: Das drahtlose Jahrhundert, aus: „Die Welt in 100 Jahren“, Berlin 1910

 

Photo showing visitors looking at digitized drawings related to the topic of future. Foto: rubra
Photo showing visitors looking at digitized drawings related to the topic of future. Credit: rubra

 

The exhibition in the Ars Electronica Center Linz payed tribute to the creativity, courage and inventiveness of those men and women who have totally committed their energies, abilities and knowledge to a vision of the future. This exhibition surveyed a 200-year time span: looking back at what people about a century ago anticipated for this day and age, and showcasing what contemporary thinkers foresee 100 years from now.

 

As proxies standing for all the visionaries and trailblazers who have worked on their respective „futures“ over the course of humankind‘s history, French writer, illustrator and caricaturist Albert Robida (1848–1926) and Belgian visionary Paul Otlet (1868–1944) occupied this exhibition‘s spotlight.

 

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Visitors in front of a visualization of Albert Robida’s (BE) world. Credit: rubra