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In the lead up to COP26, CIRCA is dedicating their global art and culture platform to a month-long public investigation of the urgent question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’, featuring key responses from artists, writers, thinkers and various cultural leaders. The project harnesses today’s global moment of unpredictable flux to propose routes toward more inclusive, more creative and fairer societies, placing a focus on the shared “now” of this unique post-crisis moment, rather than the divided “here” of our individual circumstances.

Find out about today's artist response to ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’ below.

WHERE DO WE GO NOW? A BUNCH OF STUFF FROM THE FUTURE
BY CHARLIE FOX

 

YOU CAN MARRY YOUR DREAM SELF AND FEED IT DELICIOUS CANDY UNTIL SOME THRESHOLD OF DELIRIUM AND/OR LURID ROT IS REACHED.

STARS CAN BE REARRANGED BY CORPORATIONS TO SPELL OUT WHATEVER MESSAGE THEY WISH. 

FAIRYTALE SYNTHESIS OF DEAD ANIMALS TO CREATE MAGICAL ENTITIES (E.G. HORSE, NARWHAL, BIRD CREATES UNICORN). THOUGH STILL DEAD, THEY CAN STROKED AND IT IS EXTREMELY SOOTHING. 

YOU CAN KILL YOUR DREAM SELF AND WATCH IT REPEATEDLY ON THE VIDEO-ON-DEMAND PLATFORM OF YOUR CHOICE

(EVERY NIGHT AT 3:28 A.M. THE SKY IS SWITCHED OFF.)

PEOPLE COME TOGETHER TO GROOM VIRTUAL HORSES IN SPECIAL ENCLOSURES, ALL WEARING BODY-CANCELLING JET-BLACK CLOAKS AND HARNESSES AS IF INDULGING IN A SPECIAL FETISH. THE HORSE IS JET-BLACK TOO, SHINY, AND COMPOSED OF A BRAND OF SYNTHETIC ICE.

YOUR TEETH ARE STILL A PROBLEM. 

VAMPIRES RETURN AFTER THREE HUNDRED YEARS IN HIDING.

FAVOURITE BREED OF ASSISTED DEATH: DROWNING IN THE LUSCIOUS HAIR OF YOUR CHOICE, MOST OFTEN BLONDE.

SNOW SOMETIMES FALLS IN RED WAVES.

MUSIC BECOMES A LIQUID INJECTED INTO THE SKULL.

COUPLES MUST WHISPER THEIR WICKEDEST SECRETS TO EACH OTHER EVERY NIGHT BEFORE THEY GO TO BED. 

(PARENTS DECIDE TO REMOVE ALL THEIR CHILDREN’S TEETH EARLY ON TO SPARE THEM THE FUTURE ANGUISH OF THEIR DECAY, A PRACTISE KNOWN AS ‘FAIRYING’.)

TV’S EAMON HOLMES ANNOUNCES HE WILL SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE AS A GARGOYLE AND SAY NOTHING AT ALL.

THINGS ON FIRE ETERNALLY.

TO BE ABLE TO SLEEP WITHOUT MEDICATION IS CONSIDERED A RARE AND MAGNIFICENT TALENT: ‘PRO-SLEEPERS’ ARE REVERED LIKE EGYPTIAN PRINCES AND SWADDLED IN THICK ORANGE COATS PLUMP WITH LUXURIOUS GOOSE-DOWN. DEDICATED TEAMS PERFORM THE MUSIC OF APHEX TWIN OVER THEM ALL NIGHT. 

JUNGLE CAT KITTENS KEPT AS BABIES.

THIRD FAVOURITE BREED OF ASSISTED DEATH: BEING FORCE-FED CHILDHOOD DESSERTS BY SOMEONE IMPERSONATING A DEAD RELATIVE.  

A NEW KIND OF KISSING IS INVENTED WHICH, IF PERFORMED CORRECTLY, COATS THE TWO PARTIES IN SHIVERY BLACK FUR AND FEELS EXTREMELY DELICIOUS.

COUPLES FEED EACH OTHER NARCOTIC MILK FROM THE VEINS IN THEIR NECKS WHILE PURRING SOFTLY.

HIDE-AND-SEEK IS A COMPETITIVE SPORT TRANSMITTED ON MULTIPLE VIDEO-ON-DEMAND PLATFORMS AND PLAYED ACROSS LUSCIOUS PARKS, OFTEN WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF FLAMING TORCHES, HANDSOME PACKS OF SNIFFER DOGS AND HEAT-SENSITIVE TECHNOLOGY.

A DEEP FAKE OF A CELEBRITY CAN BE LURED TO A FUNERAL TO SAY MAGNIFICENT, HEARTBREAKING THINGS ABOUT THE DEAD.

LUNCHBOX OPIOIDS.

FRIENDS ON INFINITE RE-RUN.

LUCID DREAMING BECOMES A TEAM SPORT.

SPENDING WINTER IN A SELF-MEDICATED COMA BECOMES DE RIGEUR.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN FATHER IS NOW A THING: MOST POPULAR CHOICES ARE A DISNEY STAG OR A CLOUD OF DRY ICE WITH SIMULATION THUNDER INSIDE.

SEX OFFENDERS REPURPOSED AS SCARECROWS. 

CHOOSE YOUR OWN MOTHER: THE MOST POPULAR CHOICE IS A LIMITLESS CASCADE OF PERFUMED SILK. 

(THE MOST POPULAR PLACE TO HIDE IS THE WOMB.)

THE STARVED TURN SNOW INTO CAKE.

SOMEBODY IS ELECTED ‘DEVIL’ EVERY FIVE YEARS AND ALLOWED TO PERFORM AS MANY WICKED DEEDS AS THEY CAN IMAGINE BEFORE THEY ARE FESTIVELY BURNED ALIVE.

SEASONS ARE CANCELLED.

FALLING ASLEEP FEELS EXACTLY THE SAME.

EATING MEAT BECOMES A LUXURY PRACTISED ONLY BY UNSPEAKABLE DEVIANTS.

POLLUTION REVEALED TO BE SENTIENT.

THE FUTURE CAN ACTUALLY BE REACHED THROUGH A SMALL DOOR WHICH EMITS A SINISTER HUM.

(AND EVERY NIGHT AT 3:29 A.M. THE SKY IS SWITCHED BACK ON WITH A SPASM OF COLOUR AND NOISE.)