By Staff Writer
Windhoek - The Goethe-Institut Namibia and National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) are calling on the media and art lovers to the opening of Future Perfect – a multidisciplinary exhibition of contemporary art from Germany that depicts visions of the future and speculations on the course of history.
Produced by 16 artists from Germany, the exhibition of films, photographs, sculptures, paintings and collages instigates questions regarding the future’s perception as a finished past and moving beyond tried-and-trusted ways of thinking.
NAGN CEO Snobia Kaputu called on Namibia to embrace the exhibition, as artists are dreamers and reflect their envisioning of the future through their work that is part of a global conversation on how history effects the present and how technology influences the future.
“In Africa, and specifically in Namibia, it has and still remains a dialogue on how technology has and continue to change our heritage and culture. However, living in a global village driven by social and economic demands, it is expected from us to change our mind-set as per changes that come along with technology; but that should not allow us to forget our roots and neither compromise the foundation laid by our forefathers regarding our heritage and culture,” she said.
Kaputu emphasised that while the exhibition is from Germany, the sentiments shared through its content reflects a multinational challenge that requires every citizen of the global village to accept the past and that the future is unknown.
“This requires everyone to become a dreamer of the future and how technology will affect that, while putting strategies into place that will allow future generations to cope with the pace of technological changes,” she says.
Germany’s Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Schlaga, who is expected to officiate at the opening of the exhibition on 19 September, noted that the Future Perfect is an example of many achievements.
“This exhibition is further evidence of the ever increasing cultural exchanges and collaborations between Namibia and Germany. We hope that through such initiatives the two countries share ideas and encourage development in the arts and culture spheres,” he said.
The Director of the Goethe-Institut Namibia, Daniel Stoevesandt said the numerous public walkabouts through the exhibition from 26 September till 31 October aim to stimulate thinking and speculation of one critical concept.
“The envisioning and speculation of the future takes into account our way of thinking and how old notions can be abolished and replaced with new ideas that reflect on promises of the future,” he says.
The exhibition will open at NAGN under the theme ‘The relationship between art and technology’. The event is open to the public and has an entrance fee of R20.