Future Scenarios

An ongoing art project by Alex Backstrom

About the project

Future Scenarios is a continuing art project, originating in Stockholm in 2011, which couples photography with the creation of QR Codes, connecting the metropolitan realism with its digital perspective. Through the code the visitor is given the opportunity to link her physical presence to her virtual position, and the chance to answer the fundamental question: Why are you here?

Through this linking, the participant is able to witness her own present location from the perspective of another. Time and place are no longer static. Residents of a city are viewed as mere shadows of the past, lingering in a metropolis where future scenarios have already occurred.

What is a metropolis without its population? Neglected areas and street corners within the city center are often forgotten, undetected by those who pass. What are our obligations towards a city we have created, and what is the purpose of our perpetual symbiosis? Can a city transform and evolve without our meddling? Will it continue to exist; recreating itself without us realizing that what is evolving is our own creation?

These are all questions “Future Scenarios” wants to unveil to the city’s inhabitants, giving them the possibility to witness the places they pass by everyday as shadows.

Photography and Text: Alex Backstrom
Curator and Project Manager: Sally Müller
Produced by Parallel Production


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