OUR SHARED FUTURES
Click through to listen to this audio acknowledgement of traditional land recorded on country, created for Our Shared Futures by artists
NSW / Australia
Wodi Wodi Gumea Dharawal
NSW / Australia
The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally transformed our view of time, uncertainty and 'the future'. If we have learnt anything, it is that our futures are shared and that communities play a part in shaping what futures emerge. This Museum of Futures exhibition invites us to consider our shared past and imagine our shared futures.
In 2020, during the isolated days of the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 diverse Sydney communities explored how they hoped life in Sydney would pivot beyond the pandemic. Their ideas were given to 10 Australian artists to interpret into the works featured in this exhibition. Each exhibit also features an imagined ‘history’ of how the future occurred. This exhibition is also the premiere of a new work by artists Nicole Smede and Michael Robinson. Yadingji is a work that explores how transformative moments of the past and the future are connected.
How to see the exhibition
Visit the exhibition at NSW Parliament House on weekdays, 9am-5pm, from Tuesday 30 May to Thursday 29 June. The Parliament is currently undergoing restoration works, but remains open to the public. Access is to the left of the building, via the security gatehouse. Visitors can follow the signage into the building and take either the stairs or lift to the Fountain Court exhibition space.
"All indigenous cultures have a version of 'Everywhen'. For us, all times are inseparable; no time is ever over; and all times are unfinished. 'Everywhen' stretches between the ancient and the future – we experience it in the now.
In my ancestral language, Gathang, wanyimbuwanyimbu means 'always'. This word is like a ripple in time, repeating itself and flowing outward. The 'always' - the past, present and future - is one, vibrating and occurring simultaneously."
Our Shared Futures Artist - Nicole Smede
Curators: Claire Marshall, Mel Rumble and Nicole Smede
Exhibition Designer: Annie McKinnon
Parliamentary Advisor: Amanda Keeling
Curatorial Advisor: Deb Turnbull Tillman
Sound piece by Nicole Smede
Wood art by Michael Robinson
Participatory design: Claire Marshall and Mel Rumble
Plaque creation: Annie McKinnon
Plaque ideas by:
Claire Marshall, Mel Rumble, Nicole Smede,