In 2022, the Guggenheim Bilbao will present MOTION: Autos, Art, Architecture, a museum-wide show devoted to the love affair between cars and culture.
Norman Foster, the show’s curator, invited Yale to contribute to the “Futures” section of the show dedicated to imagining mobility as it may be manifest in 2086 which is sixty-five years into the future and during the 200th anniversary of the first Benz gasoline-powered automobile.
This studio takes up the challenge of this invitation to visit the future. Sixty-five years is a long way out; uncertainties multiply and simple extrapolations fail futurology and science-fiction. Just two expectations may be reliable: 2086 will be post-carbon or the planet will be post-human and some works of fiction have a way of channeling events and coming true.
This studio imagines 2086 mobility through the twin lenses of “Nomad Life” and “Pop-Up Cities.” The work focused on the paradox of mass autonomy—what happens when auto-mobility becomes socio-mobility, when vessels or vehicles interact, when convoys and camps emerge, and when communities and cities ”pop-up.”