Nov 08 2019

Exhibition | Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future

In 2019, the year of the future in films such as Blade Runner and Akira, we find ourselves stuck in a world where cyberpunk fictions have become a reality: our bodies have merged with our devices; our society is beholden to unchecked corporate greed; our sprawling cities are starkly divided between haves and have-nots.
Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future examines how the genre’s aesthetics and futurisms have also bled into art and visual culture. The exhibition centres around what the influential science fiction author William Gibson called “the meta-city,” a sprawling urban space just as virtual as it is real. Whether through spectacular panoramas of virtual mega cities, or fleeting snapshots of their alluring underworlds and dissonant denizens, the exhibition explores life in the meta-city, and how the cyber metropolis has transformed from a fantastic metaphor for life in the future into an inescapable, looping present.
Institution: Tai Kwun
Date: 05 October – 04 January
Time: Mon 2pm – 8pm, Tue-Sun 11am – 8pm
Venue: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd., Central
Free admission

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