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When design meets science fiction
Alexandra Midal + Björn Dahlström, December 24, 2007
Matti Suuronen_Futuro home, 1968-1969_Andres Lejona
Matti Suuronen_Futuro home, 1968-1969_Andres Lejona
 
The Futuro was a standardised plastic house designed by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen (*1933). It was produced in 1968 in response to a request from a childhood friend, Dr Jaako Hiidenkari who wanted a ready-to-use house for his skiing holidays that could be set up on the snowy slopes of mountains.
The Futuro was a space capsule on adjustable stilts and reflected the 1960s optimism: the ideal of a new era, the space age; plastic as a construction material; production in series; modular assemblage; mobility, elliptical shapes, pop colours, etc.

The 001 prototype was eight metres in diameter, weighed 400 kg and could accommodate up to eight people. Following general enthusiasm, Suuronen envisaged a serial production of the Futuro in a more portable five metre version. A huge international publicity campaign was launched but the oil crisis of 1973 meant the end of the house.


Parallel worlds

Going against the principle of industrial fabrication of minimal art, John McCracken (*1943) makes his sculptures himself, producing the resins, lacquers and fibres for his artworks. The timeless and enigmatic shapes of these six black monoliths emit an implacable strangeness by evoking the prehistoric alignments of Carnac or Stonehenge and the black monolith in the film 2001, A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick.

Their precise disposition reconfigures and renews our perception of space. McCracken carefully works the surfaces which, once sanded and polished, become almost reflective and impose their presence on the exhibition space. In his work the artist alludes to metaphysics, hallucinatory experiences and the existence of parallel worlds. He clarifies the relationship between his work and science fiction thus: The fact that these objects simultaneously exist in multiple dimensions fascinates me to the highest degree and this also has an echo in the world of men. I think that humans exist in several dimensions at once. His monoliths seem to come from elsewhere, from the future or from another dimension.


Mariko Mori, Oneness, 2003_Jens Ziehe
Mariko Mori, Oneness, 2003_Jens Ziehe
 
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