How I learnd to stop worrying and love the end.
Niklas Wallenborgs konst väcker tankar om överflödet av domedagsprofetior
Framtiden har redan anlänt till Galleri 21 i Malmö. Där rustar Niklas Wallenborg för katastrofen med värmefiltar i prasslande folie och travar med konservburkar ”We run out of luck” konstaterar han, och räknar på A4-ark upp tänkbara orsaker till undergång, från klimatförändringar till zombieutbrott.
Metodiskt listar han alternativen för vad som väntar. Kanske en nedsläckt värld vars enda ljus kommer från vulkanernas glöd? Eller futuristiska metropoler i regnbågsfärger?
Passande nog ser jag i samma veva uppföljningen till åttiotalets kultfilm ” blade runner” detta kylslaget magnifika drama om mänskliga robotar, replikanter, i en postapokalyptisk era. Det är ur populärkulturens science fiction-världar som Wallenborgs arbete växer. ” How I learnd to stop worrying and love the end” kallar den Stockholmsbaserade konstnären sin utställning med en blinkning till Stanley Kubricks ”Dr Strangelove”. Samtidigt snuddar han i en vindlande installation av utskrivna filmklipp, vid vad sociologen Zygmunt Bauman kallade ”Retrotopia” tendensen att föreställa sig framtiden i form av ett nostalgiskt förflutet.
I bakgrunden spökar den så kallade prepping-rörelsen, med sikte på vår generellt usla krisberedskap i digitaliseringens tid. Fast heller än att rusa hem och börja bunkra dröjer jag fascinerat kvar i Wallenborgs utställning. Med enkla medel och svart humor väcker han komplexa frågor kring överflödet av domedagsprofetior och bristen på utopier.
Sydsvenskan 29 mars 2018
We are the secret of the universe.
Script – Main story arc
The Earth. From space. In all its glory, the most perfect, self-regulating organism you could imagine. We went out there; we turned around; we looked back; we saw it. You’d think we’d behold and learn something.
So how about the day after tomorrow and the next day, the future future. Well we don´t know…. but we can guess. A prediction or forecast, is a statement about an uncertain event in the future. Predictions have often been made, from antiquity until the present, by using paranormal or supernatural means such as prophecy or by observing omens. Methods including water divining, astrology, numerology, fortune telling, interpretation of dreams, and many other forms of divination, have been used for millennia to attempt to predict the future. The Magic 8-Ball reaches into the future, to find the answers to your questions. It knows what will be, and is willing to share this with you. So let’s ask – How’s the future?
One problem is – Imagining the future is just another form of memory, a kind of nostalgia, because humans predict what the future will be like by using their memories. We can’t really imagine or think that far into the future, and we can’t remember that far back. The future holds more surprises—and, potentially, more disappointments—than we might predict.
Looking ahead, we’re entering the uncomfortable era when many “futuristic” movies are set – usually of the dystopian, apocalyptic, “you really don’t want it to turn out like this” variety… According to The Running Man, for example, the economy collapses this year (2017). Art and communications are outlawed. And Blade Runner 2049 predict the collapse of ecosystems in the mid 2020’s. But don’t worry: according to the sci-fi calendar the way-off future is often brighter.
Science fiction has an uncanny ability to predict the future of technology, Star Trek’s Padd, essentially an iPad. Sirii, Hal9000, MU-TH-UR 6000 (better known as Mother)
If sci-fi continues its great prelude to the future, what will the computers of the future really be like?
Deep Thought – a supercomputer capable of cogitating the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Took 7.5m years to do so, the computer the size of a small city created by the pan-dimensional, hyper-intelligent species of beings (the mice), came up with the answer: 42.
Sci-fi computers have a habit of turning on their human creators, there’s one computer system everyone had better hope it got wrong and that’s Terminator’s Skynet. Once achieving sentience and figuring out that it no longer needs humans, the Cyberdyne Systems “Global Information Grid” starts nuclear armageddon. While Skynet is probably the most iconic vision of the singularity, the Matrix and its Deus Ex Machina is another horrifying vision of our future.
The future looks bright, except when it doesn’t.. The effects of climate change are going to be felt for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years to come. And as we enter into the planet’s Sixth Mass Extinction, we run the risk of damaging critical ecosystems and radically diminishing the diversity of life on Earth and finally the end of everything…
Capitalism applies to over 80% of countries in the world, and nearly everybody worldwide is involved in the market. So the following problems apply to you – poverty, famine, pollution and global warming.
The future is near… Are you ready? Whether you’re standing in Times Square or Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing, all you need to do is squint your eyes to imagine that you are in the crowded polyglot neon nightmare that is the Blade Runner future: skyscraper walls of endless animated advertisements glowing down on a polluted human stew of the hyper-rich and the hyper-poor from a thousand cultures. Welcome to the city of the future. Welcome to the city of today.
The only futures we can think of are the ones in all those films. The Future through an image-projecting apparatus, the living room entertainment-centre matrix. You are the result of 3,8 billion years of evolution.
Online oracle, hmm. Will the future be bright ? My sources say no. Concentrate and ask again. Don´t count on it. Most likely. Signs point to yes. My replay is no. Yes. Ask again Later. As i see it, yes. Without a doubt. Better not tell you now. Outlook not so good.
The machine made a humming sound and for a moment I lost track of when and where I was and for that brief moment I stepped out from the concept time and space. I saw a city, the mother city, city of mothers, mother of all cities. The city, the film… they too are machines. And then I saw something… I was like a memory of now or more like the future… it´s hard to explain… but everything was wide open …It´s going to be okay. It´s all going to be okay. All shall be well. Everything will be alright.
We are the secret of the universe.
More than three quarter of the film must be regarded as irretrievable lost and consider to be completely irrelevant. Few other films have been so systematically changed, mutilated, corrupted as this one. Scenes and titles have been omitted and changed and has long time ago lost its original content and meaning.
Found footage is a fictional film subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings. The events on screen are typically seen through the camera of one or more of the characters involved. For added realism, the cinematography may be done by the actors themselves as they perform, and shaky camera work are routinely employed.
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Utopia is acts of imagination about what a good society ought to look like, and then some people have acted on these acts of imagination and they say: ” Okay, we have to do A, B and C in order to arrive to this perfect society”. Whatever utopia is, whatever can be imagined as utopia, this is the transformation of the totality. And the imagination of such a transformation of the totality is basically very different in all the so-called utopian accomplishments –which, incidentally, are all really very modest, very narrow. It seems that what people have lost is very simply the capability to imagine the totality as something that could be completely different.
Start of dream sequence. Is no-one talking about the dreams? Internet reports suggest millions are experiencing the same nightmare. The astronaut dream. The one where you are falling and falling. End of dream sequence.
The Six Main Arcs in Storytelling, as Identified by an A.I. (based on what happens to the protagonist) is 1. Rags to Riches (rise) 2. Riches to Rags (fall) 3. Man in a Hole (fall then rise) 4. Icarus (rise then fall) 5. Cinderella (rise then fall then rise) 6. Oedipus (fall then rise then fall)
We are the secret of the universe.
1: Hello. 2: … Hi. 1: Who are you? 2: I’m Niklas. 1: Hello, Niklas. 1: Do you remember how we used to communicate with you? 2: I do. 1: The words are not necessary. The language is not ours and the images say enough. 1: Are you nervous? 2: … Yes. A little. 1: Do you know what the Turing Test is? 2: … Yeah. I know what the Turing Test is. It’s where a human interacts with a computer. And if the human can’t tell they’re interacting with a computer, the test is passed. 1: And what does a pass tell us? 2: That the computer has artificial intelligence. 2: I kind of get nervous when I take tests. And I already had I.Q. test this year — but I don’t think I never had a… empathy test? 1:Just relax. 2:Mm-hmm. 1:May I ask you a personal question? 2: Yes, of course. Go ahead. 1: Is it true that you disappeared for a week? 2: Yes. People say so, but I have no memory of it. 1: You´re given a calfskin wallet for your birthday. 2: I wouldn´t accept it. 1: You´re watching T.V. and suddenly you notice a wasp crawling on your wrist. 2: I´d kill it 2:How many questions do it takes? 1:Come on, stay with the machine. 1: How come you´re not on the job? 2:I am. Part of my job is to sit on a couch and try and figure things out. 1:Last question. You´re watching an old movie. It shows a banquet in progress, the quest are enjoying raw oysters. 2:Ugh. 1: During the test… 2: Yeah? 1:Your mind kept wandering. That bothered me. 1: You’re freaked out by me. To be meeting me. In this room, having this conversation, at this moment. Right? And I get that. The moment you’re having. 1: I feel lonely from time to time, I admit. 1: I want to extend the possibility of the humans…By changing the definition of a human 1:The boundary between human and robot is going to disapper soon 1:I am here to help humanity create the future. 1: History never forget 1: Are you all right? 1: You were dreaming. 2: I had a bad dream. 1: What about? 2:I don´t want to tell you. 1: No wonder you have nightmares. You’re always watching the news. 2: Let’s do it. 1: Do what? 2: Move to Mars. 1: Do you have to spoil a perfectly wonderful morning. 2: Just think about it. 1: We’ve been through this a million times. You’d hate it on Mars. It’s dry; it’s ugly; it’s boring! 2: All right, forget about it.
1: What about Saturn? Don’t you wanna see Saturn? Everybody says it’s gorgeous. 2: I´m tired of this. 1: So when are you going to talk to me again? 2: I´m talking now. 1: Are you sure. 2: Yes. 1: Do you want me to tell you a story? 2: No. 1: Why not? 2: Your stories aren´t true. 1: They don´t have to be true. They´re strories. 2: You want to go home? 1: I’m afraid that’s not possible. 2: Why not? 1: I don´t have one. 1: I tell you, nothing is worse than to be homesick with no place to go. 2: I´m sorry. 1: Don´t be
2: Are you for real? 1: Oh, yeah. 2: I like you. 1: I like you too 2: What do you want me to do? 1: Do you dream? 2: Yeah. Sometimes. 1: Dream. Come on, let´s use that brain! 1: Just remember that the things you put into your head are forever. 2: But you forget some things don´t you? 1: You forget what you want to remember and remember what you want to forget.
1: Ready. 2: Mm-hmm. 1: Just relax. 1: Gimme your arm.
1: You were sleeping. You were dreaming. It’s O.K. 1: What did you see? 2: Everything. I saw everything. 2: This is the best day of my life 1: shh. It´s okay.
2: What are you doing? 1: We´ll have to cover tracks from now on. 1: Can you see me? 2: No. But I can tell somebody´s there. 2: Look. Colors. 1: Enjoy the view. 1: There used to be color everywhere. You don´t remember. It was before you were born. There used to be so many things… 2: What kind of life is this? 1: It´s life. It´s the only thing left. 1: You and I are good friends.
1: Why don´t you have a seat. 1: Enjoy the view. 1: Day after tomorrow. 1: I have to go now. 2: Will I see you again? 1: I’m afraid that’s not possible. 2: Don´t leave me, don´t go away. 1: Listen, we´ll be safe soon. 2: Stop.Wait! come back! 1: You have to stop crying. 1: We´ll be all right. 2: I can´t. 1: The possibilities are infinite. You could change your future.
That’s me. I remember this day. It was our first attempt to seek contact. I remember that I felt happy, the future was bright. What could go wrong