Future Shock ★★★★ 180 The Strand | Apr 28 - Aug 28, 2022

Presented by Fact and 180 Studios this exhibition takes one into a series of immersive audio-visual experiences that question both reality and how we view it. The installations seek to blur the distinctions between the actual and the virtual, using AI, 3D digital mapping, lasers, holographic projections and some good old smoke and mirrors. The artists and collectives represented are creating situations which cause the viewer/participants to reconsider their relation to time and space and to re-evaluate the nature of their perception. With United Visual Artists' Vanishing Point 3:1 and Topologies, one is invited to participate in a surreal journey that both disorients and resituates. It is a profound and moving event. We also particularly liked Lawrence Lek's Theta. However, it's unfortunate that there is not a timed entry so that one experiences the narrative from the beginning. The works of Weirdcore and Nonotak, Subconscious and Daydream V.6, also stood out for us as constructions that offer uniquely challenging experiences. They walk an intriguing line – both mesmerising and provoking the spectator. For anyone who cares about the cutting edge of contemporary art, Future Shock will captivate with its creativity and awe with its innovation.

Rated: ★★★★

Reviewed by J.C.
Image: United Visual Artists (UVA), Vanishing Point 3:1, 2022.

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