The Museum of Futures is an interactive exhibition that highlights the role we all play in creating different futures.
In 2023, it is clear that we are living in postnormal times. The catastrophic bushfires and now a global pandemic have shown us that thinking about and planning for the future is an imperative. Yet research has shown that our brains are terrible at imagining futures based on facts, reports and statistics.
Our role in creating futures.
Each Museum of Futures exhibition is centred around a theme and explored through 10 future artefacts created
by artists in response to the imagined futures of communities. While experts may inform us, we believe the futures we imagine together are the most powerful in driving real change.
Art is transformational.
The Museum of Futures utilises the power of art by combining collaborative foresight with the creative arts to create embodied experiences of the future for audiences. Narratives accompany each object, celebrating the powerful nature of stories and offering us insight into both the obvious and surprising unintended consequences of our actions.
Claire Marshall is an award-winning creative whose work melds story-telling, futures thinking and experiential learning to help people understand how complex technologies and changing world views can alter our future.
She is the founder of If Labs, a company that explores our imagined futures through workshops, events and experiences. Her most recent work includes the Museum of Futures a travelling exhibition exploring our different futures with climate change, an audio tour of the future for the World Wildlife Fund and the Human Robot Friendship Ball for the Vivid festival. She teaches for the faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at UTS and is currently undertaking post-graduate study in Experiential Futures.
Mel Rumble is a Sydney-based futures researcher, strategic designer and UX/digital producer.
She’s a 2020 NextGen Foresight Practitioner Fellow and holds a Master of Strategic Foresight from Swinburne. Mel is the founder of Reframeable, which works at the intersection of design, foresight and systems to help organisations shape the futures they want, by design. Mel is also a Senior Associate at Little Owl (an ethical tech consultancy, design studio and startup incubator), and a casual academic for several futures subjects in the TD (Transdisciplinary) School at UTS.
Mel is the co-curator of the latest Museum of Futures exhibition, Pandemic Pivots.
Find out more about Mel.
Annie McKinnon is an architectural designer, sound designer, interaction designer, and musician who produces installations, immersive experiences, interactive objects, products, sound compositions, and spaces. She founded the design agency, About Turn in 2010. Her practice is grounded in collaboration and delves into issues of identity, equality and human connection. Her practice is daring, rigorous, and adaptive.
Annie has worked alongside and has received commissions from Lindfield Learning Village, Museum of Futures, City of Parramatta Council, Maridulu Badyari Gumal UTS, Black Dog Institute, Western Sydney University, Think+DO Tank Foundation, FEEL at University of New South Wales,
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Coffs Harbour City Council, Orana Arts, Interactivation Studio UTS, Brown Cab Productions, Bree van Reyk, Sidney McMahon, Murdoch University, The University of Melbourne, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Parramatta Artists’ Studios, Synergy Percussion, DLUX Media Arts, IDX NCIE, City of Sydney, Holly Austin, Martyn Coutts, Anaisa Franco (VIVID), and Dr George Khut.
Amanda Keeling is a communications professional with over 15 years experience in advocacy, lobbying and campaigning. Amanda has worked with, and consulted to governments, legal professionals, NGO’s, advocates and not-for-profits providing strategic advice on advocacy, policy, building momentum for legislation change, and lobbying.
Working within Government (opposition and in government), as well as with the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Women's Electoral Lobby, Council for Civil Liberties and the Aurora Foundation, Amanda's skillset covers community engagement and consultation,
campaigning for freedoms and civil liberties, climate justice, the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, social justice, limiting police powers, management of privacy and data retention, women’s rights, social change, equality and LGBTIQ+ rights. Her work includes speech writing, preparing discussion papers, briefs, communiqués, submissions for UN/government inquiries, fundraising and media. Amanda has also served on the Board of several not-for-profit organisations. Amanda holds a BA (Hons), a Masters in Communications, a Dip. of Project Management and certification in Business & Human Rights from the Global Campus of Human Rights.