Through video installations, architectural narratives and video games, the display visualises future London scenarios based on issues we currently face, from climate change to resource scarcity.
Standout works include Flooded London, a series of images depicting imaginary scenes in London in 2090, when rising sea levels have flooded the city.
The series, from film and media studio Squint/Opera, shows London as a ‘tranquil utopia’, with the ruins of the contemporary rat race sunken far below the water.
‘By exaggerating the present and extrapolating what is happening around us, we can visualise speculative scenarios in the future which not only spark our imaginations but also triggers us to ask ourselves: is this how the future of London will look?’ says Foteini Aravani, digital curator at the Museum of London.
The exhibit will also screen In the Robot Skies: A Drone Love Story – the world’s first narrative shot entirely through autonomous drones on autopilot. The film speculates about the future of drones within a London council estate, touching on the boundaries between surveillance and privacy.
The works are joined by competition-winning design Endless Vertical City, from SURE Architecture. The render envisions a skyscraper that could house the whole of London with its own ecosystem, and a spiralling form that could be extended infinitely upwards.
Also on show is artist Lawrence Lek’s video-game job simulator Play Station, which explores a future where all labour is designed as leisure.
Set in the year 2037, the simulation takes place in a futuristic version of the White Chapel Building, now transformed into the London distribution centre of a mysterious technology start-up known as Farsight. A world leader in digital automation, Farsight trains employees to outsource their jobs as much as possible, rewarding top performers with access to exclusive entertainment and e-holidays.
The works and exhibition form part of City Now City Future, the Museum of London’s first ever season of over 100 events, exhibitions, displays and creative commissions exploring urban evolution in London and around the world.
Looking for more visions of the city of the future? See our review of the The Imminent Diorama, an exploration of the future UK capital in 2097.