Art Night 2017: The Future is Certain; It’s the Past Which is Unpredictable

Help us celebrate Art Night 2017 with a late opening of The Future is Certain; It’s the Past Which is Unpredictable, a group exhibition on writing and rewriting history.

The exhibition will be open as usual from 12pm–6pm, and remain open until 11pm for Art Night 2017, a free contemporary arts festival in East London in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery.

“The future is certain”, according to an old Soviet joke. “It’s the past which is unpredictable.” This exhibition reflects on the ways history is written and the inevitability with which the past reasserts itself in the future. Bringing together works from nine artists and collectives, The Future is Certain is an economy of ideas and artworks as well as historical facts and records that refuse to disappear on their own.

The past is a force that needs work – cultural, social, political, psychological – otherwise it tends to reaffirm itself in the future. History itself is the central subject of the show: It is a research material, a source of imagery, a producer of revolutions, wars, inventions, and prophecies, and an object for thought.

Participating artists and collectives: Felix Kalmenson, Jonas Mekas (in video conversation with Johnston Sheard and Justė Kostikovaitė), Deimantas Narkevičius, Emily Newman, Rather Than Happiness, Jura Shust, Slavs and Tatars, Emilija Škarnulytė, Juan Pablo Villegas

Curated by Monika Lipšic.

More information on the exhibition here.

More information on the full Art Night 2017 programme here.

Exhibition open to the public:
23 Jun – 20 Aug 2017
Wed – Sun, 12pm – 6pm
Free Entry