Further Future festival 002

An interesting music ‘n talks electronica festival happened recently, out in the Nevada desert. At first glance Further Future was a sort of Burning Man-meets-TED, but luxury-brand friendly and seemingly quite heavy on spa treatments for upmarket 30-something hipsters. What makes it interesting for this blog is that Further Future 002 pitched itself as…

“an untethered home for a newly forming and borderless society carrying a shared vision of the world we are making together.”

Visual News had an interview with the lead organiser…

“… our society is in need of an alternative narrative about our future. We find popular culture and literature increasingly obsessed with dystopian futures filled with disaster and darkness. There seems to be a sense of inevitability within this narrative that is corrosive to our ability to find a better direction and solve the challenges confronting us.”

The flyers give a clear insight into how the organisers envisioned their invite-only festival should be. Personally I’d pay not to see or hear the band Caribou, but the hard glam futurism of the flyers certainly offers an alluring Vogue-on-Mars feel…

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Doubtless the reality was dustier, but the festival seems like an interesting twitch in the antenna of culture.

Exhibition – Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today

Brad Bird (director of Tomorrowland) is curating the “Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today” exhibition at Walt Disney Museum, which will survey Walt’s own optimistic visions of the future at Disneyland, EPCOT, and in Disney’s short factual movies of the 1950s and 60s. The show opens 22nd July 2015, through 7th December 2015.

Disney_ecopt_Spaceship_EarthDetail of the central panel of three mural panels, sited at the exit of the Spaceship Earth attraction at Disney’s EPCOT.