Wednesday, November 14, 2007

If the lights go out

"Mid-21st Century Light Bulb" by Frank Sheriff / Photo: Bram Goots

The Arts at Marks Garage exhibition, Alternative Urban Futures, remains open through the end of this week. Above is a photo of my favourite piece: "Mid-21st Century Light Bulb", an elegantly simple, pointedly insightful artifact from the future, by sculptor Frank Sheriff. An effective futures artifact, like a good scenario, need not be a literal forecast made in earnest. Symbolism and satire work fine too.

Tomorrow, Thursday 15 November 6-7pm, the gallery has scheduled an artists' talk, when those featured in the show will have a chance to explain themselves, answer questions, and that kind of thing. Jake and I will have an opportunity to say a word or two about the FoundFutures artifacts on display. This Saturday 17th, wearing our futures researcher hats, HRCFS is running a Chinatown Futures Workshop at the gallery, intended to help residents, business owners and other interested parties to think more deeply about possible paths for the district over the next generation or so. The workshop is free to the public, and runs 12 noon to 4pm. Please RSVP to info at foundfutures dot com if you plan to attend.

The Arts at Marks Garage is located in Honolulu's Chinatown, 1159 Nuuanu Avenue, at the Pauahi Street intersection.

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