The Institute Of Things To Come

The Institute of Things to Come


The Institute of Things to Come is a temporary research center on futurological scenarios that will occupy the project-room of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy. From February to September 2017, four solo exhibitions and an educational program will investigate our vision of the present by speculating about future.


The project takes inspiration from H. G. Wells’ novel, The Shape of Things to Come, where the author transforms his personal vision of the future into a fictitious historical chronicle while narrating the story of the world from 1933, year of publication, to 2106. With these premises, along with the notion of “fiction as critique”, the aim of The Institute of Things to Come is to investigate the ways we project forward our desires, fears and expectations, by training under unknown existential conditions and by imagining alternatives to what already exists.


The Institute of Things to Come has invited three artists and a duo, Bedwyr Williams, Kapwani Kiwanga, Alex cecchetti, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet to each present a work able to foreshadow possible future scenarios during four solo exhibitions. Inspired by sci-fi cinematographic techniques and academic speculations, these worst-case scenarios, mutable identities, underwater worlds and reversed political orders overlay onto familiar realities and scientific theories, affecting them to a state of precariousness.


The Institute of Things to Come is curated by Ludovica Carbotta and Valerio Del Baglivo.



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Along with the exhibition program, each artist will conduct a workshop in collaboration with another guest, an artist or a field professional, able to legitimize the fictional scenarios presented in the works and use them as actual basis to a discussion on potential circumstances. The educational program of The Institute of Things to Come will be open to twelve Italian and international students (artists, curators, researchers, writers, etc.), selected through an open call.






Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Via Modane, 16

10141, Torino – Italy


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