Bi-City – Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture of Shenzhen 2019

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Interview with Anna de Manincor (ZimmerFrei)

What is the future for you?
Future is made of the same matter of the past, they belong to the same dimensional set that goes beyond the human beings. What I actually feel is that the future embraces a much larger field than the past and only a little part of the possible futures passes trough the narrow bottleneck of what we call “present”. But present time is paradoxically the only place where we inhabit.
I periodically go back to Four Quartets, the poem by Thomas Sterns Eliot, but each time I understand it differently.

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets, 1943

Do we need art in the future?
Yes, we need it since the origins of humankind and we will need it for ever. Forms will change, but the functions won’t. Indeed we still need art to express ourselves, question ourselves and our similars, represent the world as we perceive it, derail with imagination and relate with the unknown unknowns.

Could AI create art work?
Yes, maybe with the effect of amusing, surprising and worrying but what for? We don’t need more artifacts, we need more humanity, humanism and humanitarianism.

What impact and consequences might the art have in the era of big data?
Art will assume the function of Protection. Art can protect us from the predictability of our thoughts and actions, contradict statistics and tendencies. Prevent us to (or at least worn us not to) consume our societies and cultures. The problems is that we shouldn’t betray ourselves with the substitution or our abilities. And we have already produced a mass of useless products just because we can. Nobody cares! There are more exciting things to do, come on!