2084: a science fiction show is an installation comprising three films shown in rotation. Each lasts twenty-two minutes, the typical duration of a soap opera episode. Or Gallery commissioned episode 1 for the “Institutions by Artists” convention in Vancouver in 2012, while Bergen Assembly commissioned episode 3 in 2013. La Biennale de Montréal commissioned and is premiering episode 2.
Episode 1 was preceded by a call to artists to attend auditions in Berlin, where it was shot. A fictional date, 2084, was posited for a discussion of possibilities for independent cultural production, within a scenario where money had been abolished and art had fully colonized life.
Episode 3 depicts a telepathic exchange between a plant and a donkey at a future time when all earthly organic life forms an intelligent “noosphere.” It references propositions circulating during the Russian revolution and quotes texts from Vladimir Vernadsky, a proponent of the “noosphere,” and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the father of Russian space exploration. The exchange is interrupted by random advertisements left over from the Internet era and a video transmission from the past concerning the constitution of an artist-run state.
Episode 2 explores the concept of an artist-run state outlined in episode 1. It traces the advent of this republic following artist-led insurrections, and its subsequent fall due to a relentless pursuit of transforming life into art.