Future Ready: Survival Now + NEXT
Throughout time, humans have developed essentials for survival—tools, kits and constructions for making it out of dire predicaments alive—anticipating the inconceivable.
As the world faces the unprecedented, impacts will vary over time and with the ability of different societal and environmental systems to mitigate or adapt. Human lifeways and ecosystems will be changed.
Future Ready was an open call for images, ideas, words and inventions as well as survival manuals or proposals for constructions and installations—all for future readiness, whether practical, imaginative or speculative.
Future Ready also features a special project by Anchorage artist Amy Meissner, titled Mother Thought of Everything. Meissner sewed “suits” from Tyvek, abandoned quilts, used household protective equipment and other materials. The work addresses survival essentials, anticipation of the inconceivable, and our associations with place. Photographer Brian Adams worked to photograph the suits in various locations around Anchorage and in the landscape/