Bo Christian Larsson participating in the 20th Biennale of Sydney
The future is already here — it's just not evenly distributed
20th Biennale of Sydney
March 18–June 5, 2016
If each era posits a different view of reality, the 20th Biennale of Sydney asks: what is ours?
The future is already here — it's just not evenly distributed, the title of the 20th Biennale of Sydney exhibition and of the accompanying catalogue, is inspired by a comment by leading science-fiction author William Gibson, and also serves as a framework for this investigation. The first part of the title speaks to the fact that the exhibition is about the now; but more than that, it suggests that perhaps we have already surpassed our own ideas about the future. The second part reminds us that access to information, the internet and other more basic resources is by no means universal; many people are denied the opportunity to benefit from (or participate in) these new spaces where information can be exchanged. These conditions of uneven distribution are not inevitable, however; they are largely the result of historical and current geopolitics and economic power structures. One consequence of this uneven distribution is social upheaval on a scale unprecedented in recent world history; as we have seen with the influx of political refugees, not just into Australia, but internationally and notably in Europe.