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Living in the Future, pt. 2

The Congress of Builders of Communism, the Kremlin, Moscow. Photograph: Y. Khalip. Courtesy of Joyce Andrews.

The Congress of Builders of Communism, the Kremlin, Moscow. Photograph: Y. Khalip. Courtesy of Joyce Andrews.

It’s funny how themes seem to arrive in pairs. Just a day after posting a piece about the future of progress, what should arrive in the Creative Nottingham inbox but an invitation to ‘The Futurological Congress’. You may have seen that Nottingham Contemporary have announced their second exhibition, ‘Star City: The future under Communism’, and this Futurological Congress is their opening event.

Star City is an exhibition dedicated to the ideology, style, culture and general ambience of the future as envisaged by 1960s USSR. Featuring international artists who experienced growing up in Soviet Bloc states first-hand, as well as leading figures of the Eastern- and Central-European 60s and 70s avant-garde, it promises to be an unmissable exhibition… Not least because, like all Nottingham Contemporary’s exhibitions, it’s FREE!

The launch event, The Futurological Congress, is a full day – also free – which will explore the theoretical strands of the exhibition. The speakers’ combined output (as artists, curators, researchers and writers) represents some of the most progressive thinking on the contemporary relevance of the communist past-future that never was, which means the day should be a most interesting and enlightening one. So don your ushanka and raise a toast to Laika Nas zdarovia!

Friday 12th Feb at the Broadway Cinema

10am – 5pm, free. Book your place here!