Presentation of the issue

What is KSAT#5 about?

The theme we chose is “Robots and Visions of the future”.

The future is not what it was once imagined it would be. From early yearnings towards a future of robotic harmony through to the inevitable attack from Mars, humankind has always tried to predict what will happen next.

The technological advances we have actually achieved however, did not reach the heights of our imaginations. Or did they exceed them? And who knows what will really happen next anyway?

Is science fiction a subculture or did it become mainstream? And what is the place of machines and robots in our everyday life? Do robots have an evolution like humans have?

Our choice was focused on the fact that art and science sometimes cross and each is often used as a tool for the other. We want to explore it. Harald Szeeman organized an exhibition in 1967- 1968 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris about Science Fiction, we want to take it from there and explore the science fiction world from the 2000s that were once seen as the future.

Starting a long time ago, human imagination quickly developed a world made by fantastic and impossible machineries, designing silhouettes of strange creatures that we could meet when travelling abroad from our limited territory – the Earth. What we want to explore is what those examples of Visions of the future still communicate to us today, what is their heritage, their visual impact in the current modernity, trying to enable a dialogue between different art techniques and medias to widely interpret the topic.

We welcome you in our future world! Take a look at the words we wrote, the drawings we traced, the tracks we composed for KSAT#5 issue!

Cover of the catalogue of the exhibition Science fiction curated by Harald Szeemann, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, 1967 Illustration de Ed Emschwiller Courtesy Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction & Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.