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Lodewijk Heylen, current participant, will leave his utopia laboratory on 10th of January, 2017 - Foto: Charline Janssen

Lodewijk Heylen, Hulshout (BE)

»Marty! You’ve got to come back with me!« »Where?« »Back to the future!«

“There is no alternative” has become the mantra of contemporary society. Where the great future fiction eposes of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s played an enormous role in presenting the possibilities of progress, they have made way for lesser repetitions of the same story, Lodewijk Heylen explains. One that hardly generates any vision for the future, and when it does it is a vision of total collapse, zombies taking over, anarchy ruling.

They cary the same message: that the new is never good, that everything has been done before, that we’ve run out of options, resulting in Transformers 5, or Star Wars 7, the sequel of a prequel, the elaboration of a finished story. We need more science fiction, more utopias. Or even dystopias for that matter.

We need glimpses of the future, good or bad, to step away from the probable and the realistic. The creation of alternatives makes it possible to recognise that another world is possible in the first place.


Tabea Cermak (13.12.2016)

Dienstag, 10. Januar 2017, 20:00 Uhr, ACC Galerie
Eintritt: frei!