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The conception of time\, and within it the invention of the future\, is perhaps the most radical of human creations. Today\, to think a bout and imagine the prospects for our existence seems more relevant than e ver. While one could argue society is always in a state of crisis\, in post -recession society\, we are today constantly infiltrated by a discourse of crisis in economic\, ecologic\, social and political terms in our news\, at our jobs and at our dinner tables. Moments of crisis are moments of redefi nition\, when the institutionalized realms of power open spaces of experime ntation and cultural debate to retrace the path toward the future. Utopian desires\, the imagination of an other-better future\, are part of the conte mporary agenda. However\, the social and political value of utopian thinkin g today is being monopolized by notions of self-sufficiency and sustainabil ity\, framed altogether by regulations and standard codes. The utopian desi re\, the image-ability of possible futures\, and the poetics of new social forms and expressions are in a moment of directed experimentation. Art and architecture\, beyond the production of new forms of capital or building so lutions\, have the power to re-imagine new forms of collective aspiration. Few cities occupy the public imagination like the island of Manhattan. From cinema and literature to architecture and real estate\, New York City exis ts as a palimpsest of layered dreams and schemes\, desires and delusions.\n

Past Futures\, Present\, Futures presents 101 unrealized prop osals for New York City\, dating from its formation to today with 101 reena ctments by invited artists\, architects\, writers and policy-makers to crea te alternative visions for the present and future of the city. With the bel ief that art and architecture\, beyond the production of new forms of capit al or building solutions\, have the power to re-imagine new forms of collec tive aspiration\, the exhibition will present a past and future historiogra phy of novel ideas in New York to open discussion about relevant actions in the city\, their vectors of desire\, methodologies\, limits\, audiences an d agents. Few cities occupy the public imagination like the island of Manha ttan. From cinema and literature to architecture and real estate\, New York City exists as a palimpsest of layered dreams and schemes\, desires and de lusions that will be explored in Past Futures\, Present\, Futures.

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About the Exhibition Design

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The exhibition design by Leong Leong dematerializes the space of the gallery by creating a " hete rochronic" landscape through a vertical field of dates and descriptions tha t emerge as a kaleidoscopic forest of movable thin walls\, displaying and r eflecting the stories that describe the past and future projects contained within the exhibition. Inserted within this field\, the F* Room is a circul ar soft space to be entered barefoot that collapses images of the visionary projects with the reflection of the visitors through a mirrored wall and 8 screen displays. The exhibition design explores the canonical limits of sp ace and time by disrupting depth perception through a playful use of acoust ic\, physical and visual fields.

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A special sound piece inaugurates a permanent audio infrastructure\, part of a growing interaction platform e mbedded within Storefront’s gallery\, to enunciate the titles of the projec ts as passersby walk down the sidewalk in front of the gallery\, delivering one word per stride\, expanding the acoustic imprint of the gallery by blu rring even further the distinction between inside and outside that the Acco nci-Holl façade produces.

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This exhibition is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and sponsored by Planar. Add itional support for Storefront for Art in Architecture’s exhibitions and pr ograms are made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts\ ; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andre w Cuomo and the New York State Legislature\; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council\; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation\; by its Board of Directors\, members and i ndividuals.

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Planar (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a leading provider of displays for specialty applications where image experience matters. Today’s leading designers utilize Planar’s unique offerings in retail\, hospitality\, inst itutional\, corporate\, sports venues\, and a host of other project categor ies. Planar’s innovative solutions for digital signage and architectural ap plications range from flat panel screens and bezel-free touch monitors\, to the Clarity™ Matrix modular video walls and the Planar® Mosaic™ architectu ral video walls. Founded in 1983\, Planar is headquartered in Oregon\, USA\ , with offices\, manufacturing partners\, and customers worldwide.

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