1968 was a year full of protests, pickets, riots and revolutions emblazoned with a vision of a brighter future. From student protests in Paris to anti-communist uprisings in Poland, campaigns against the Vietnam War, and the heat of the Civil Rights movement, ordinary people demanded change. The era marked a shift in performance, dance, visual art, design, music, architecture and film, in terms of form, approach and the flattening of hierarchies. Social, political and subversive ideas percolating for decades came to the fore.
Reflecting on moments of the present which are the future’s past, Last Futures was a series of events which put student voices at the forefront of proposing radical alternatives. Can an expanded dialogue around current socio–political, artistic and resistance movements generate new futures?
Last Futures was a collaboration between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The project included an exhibition and programme of events, curated by a student-led team from RCS, GSA and GU.
I developed the digital communications for Last Futures, integrating themes and visuals from the main performance and exhibition into the digital design. Central to the visual language: blending 60’s and contemporary digital aesthetics and leaving things open to interpretation to avoid being too prescriptive about what potential radical futures might look like.