Adapt To Survive

May 10,2018

Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future is coming to Dubai with Concrete at Al Serkal Avenue in collaboration with Hayward Gallery from 7 – 21 November 2018.  A public programme will also be held in Dubai around the exhibition in November 2018. This group exhibition brings together the work of seven contemporary artists, portraying their educated guesses and thoughts about what the future entails. Their art equally conveys the hope of progression in society as well as the uncertainty that accompanies thinking about the future.

Currently on show at the Hayward Gallery HENI Project Space until 11 June, the group exhibition brings together artworks by seven international artists who imagine how our world might look and feel in the future. Engaging with the idea that adaptation is necessary for survival, the artists present films, sculpture and text-based works that explore ideas of change and hybrid forms of architecture, biology, technology,and language. This exhibition marks the second international collaboration for Concrete.

Taking its title from the phrase adopted recently by the business sector, Adapt to Survive explores the idea that Darwin’s theory of evolution can serve as a metaphor for a future-facing strategy for survival and growth. In recent years, the phrase ‘adapt to survive’ has been adopted by the entrepreneurial start-ups and professional ‘changemakers’, suggesting a fast-paced form of agency that is antithetical to Darwin’s concept of natural selection.

List of Artworks

  1. Anne Lislegaard’s Time Machine(pictured above), inspired by HG Wells Time Machine (1895) depicts the flaws of the future through the glitches in the monologue.
  2. With Metamorphism Julian Charrière explores what our world would look like when our electronic devices have been cast away, and the minerals used to make them have rejoined the molten rocks.
  3. Rainer Ganahl’s short film, I Hate Karl Marx, makes a strong statement about xenophobia falling in place with the artist’s engagement with non-western cultures.
  4. Marguerite Humeau’s sculpture Harry II uses the past to comment on the future with the idea of modern sphinxes.
  5. In Tyrrau Mawr, a digital matte painting, Bedwyr Williams depicts a city giving viewers a glimpse into ordinary lives in the future.
  6. Andreas Angelidakis’ The Walking Building, a shape-shifting structure that changes according to the environment and needs, is a proposal for a future contemporary art museum
  7. The Butterfly Already Exists in the Caterpillar is a combination of words and images by Youmna Chlala that displays people of the future finding new ways to live in a rapidly changing city.

Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Founder of Alserkal Avenue and Concrete, said: “This collaboration with Hayward Gallery, London will bring to the UAE diverse views of our shared future, creating a foundation for an imperative discourse around sustainability and futurology, subjects that are now central to our rapidly-changing world.”

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