Research & graphics: Theo Deutinger, Stefanos Filippas, Filip Cieloch
While future thinking arises always afresh from the here and now, its origins stem from immemorial human desires. Future fictions of the "Great Escape", "Ideal Beauty" or "Immortality" are as old as human beings yet the way to approach them, continuously changes. If once beauty was regarded as the beauty in front of God, it later has been symmetry or rather asymmetry while it soon might be the pure inner beauty that counts.
This print shows a perspective timeline that provides an overview of the most relevant aspects of future thinking, starting out with the religious belief which was gradually ousted as gatekeeper of the future by science during enlightenment. At the same time it introduces the transition from the era of science to the post-science era, a period in which scientific expertise is ridiculed, the omnipotence of technology vanishes and knowledge becomes a product.
The post-science era (there is no better name for it yet) is not turning its back on knowledge but combines it with the sensual. This process might be fueled by the inflationary usage of sensors and transmitters that constantly detect the mood and spirit of the people. Suddenly feeling gets a value: culturally, politically and in particular economically.