Since I’ve been writing so much about the Future Living Projects I figured it was a good idea to share a statement that I wrote about this particular project. Here it is:
The Future Living Projects is a Brooklyn based collective which was developed as a way of directly addressing the growing concerns of living in an uncertain and unpredictable future. The two possibilities which the Future Living Projects entertain include both a post-apocalyptic, desert laden wasteland and an overcrowded and overpopulated vast metropolis. Both possibilities explore the general problems of space and the continuing struggle for environmental domination. In the future the struggle for space will be the struggle for survival.
By involving itself with the development and construction of buildings for future living, the Future Living Projects has the ability to explore the many kinds of architectural styles which are shaped by environmental and cultural conditioning. The models used for these constructions depict a broad variety of architectural structures including public sculptures, alternative-energy based family homes, corporate buildings and several structures for the sci-fi fantasy movie MEGA-CITY VI. The paintings made by the Future Living Projects are minimal and favor a horizontal composition to delimit the boundaries of vertical growth.
Something that I excluded that was part of some earlier statements was that the Future Living Projects was developed as a subsidiary of the Associated Artists for Propaganda Research, an earlier project. This meant that all FLP projects would be under the umbrella of a political context and would essentially place the AAPR as a “parent” organization; I was interested in mimicking the language of contemporary corporate structuring.
I started developing ideas for the Future Living Projects sometime in 2001 and 2002 in order to expand outside of what I was doing politically with the AAPR. It’s initial set up was meant to create a context that was based around architectural design from the 1970’s who’s interests were in the future. Like the AAPR, I wanted to create a project that could use drawing, painting, sculpture and web media for common recontextualized goals but would not necessarily need to be political in nature. Some of the earliest work included computer generated color panels, some color pencil drawings for horizontal paintings (some of these I didn’t make until 2010) and some models for the fake movie MEGA-CITY VI, which was also the name of my band at the time. The first public exhibition of a Future Living Projects piece was at the Carriage House out in Islip, NY. The installation/sculpture was officially exhibited under the name Associated Artists for Propaganda Research and the title of it was Future Living Project’s Planned Residential Development. It was the first time that the two names were exhibited together and shows the blurriness of the two concepts at the time. The Future Living Projects wouldn’t really become its own entity for many years. Here is a statement for Future Living Project’s Planned Residential Development and below that some images of the piece. It was hung on the ceiling which is why it appears to be upside down in the last two photos.
Sometime in the near future the irreversible effects of urban expansion will reach a critical peak. Forced minimum wage labor and the increasing concentration of power and wealth will ultimately disintegrate and alter the economic climate permanently. As this system begins to slowly collapse, the population will become increasingly stratified between the overcrowded and economically poor metropolises and the vast rural and suburban landscapes which surround them. Caught on the very edge of capitalisms inevitable defeat, the suburban and rural populations have no choice but to cling to war as civilizations last hope for prosperity. Until their eventual destruction, they will be sustained only by the distractions of survival and the propaganda system that aims to keep the failing empire alive.
The Future Living Project’s Planned Residential Development is a large six foot by fourteen foot model landscape hung from the ceiling in the entrance of the Islip Art Museums Carriage House. In the middle of the landscape is a two foot crater surrounded by two rows of small suburban houses which are built at the very edge of the craters rim.