UOOYAA ZINE #6


Future Revelation—Happy Land

    We imagine a future that is based on both our past and our present. Our predictions never seem to be free from what we already know and have experienced. We become bounded by over-rationalism and tied to the idea that the world is only as we see it -through our own eyes - and that to change its course can only be done through human intelligence and will. We are certain that technology will play its part in creating a better world, but we forget to ask ourselves… what is better? In our present, we are both bound to the past and attached to the future through our constant creation of an abstract idea.

     All of us are often attracted by an abstract future, which is not our fault, but we often forget that this moment is when we are alive, and that the breath of the moment is most real, so that we treat every minute of our life as an attachment to a certain minute of the abstract future. In this way, we regard protagonists as extras, and fail to realise the certain minute of the future when it comes...Thus I believe the best design for our future is to free ourselves from these attachments, to admit our ignorance and acknowledge our desire to rationalise by realising our naiveté, reverting to a state of awe and to cherish what is beyond our control.

     We imagine the future in a very “non-future” way: such as a happy farmstead in a southern town, with old furniture and toys from our childhood. After experiencing the craze for technology, people reacquaint what is the most important thing in their life, yet the traces of technology are everywhere. The so called practical and protective functions, the exaggerated but useless details have become part of our life. In Happy Land, we see ordinary people, bourgeois, elites, tycoons, hipsters, and some incarnations of justice such as female warriors in bustling cities-- we don’t have what they have, yet they will never have what we have. We try to follow the present to imagine the picture of the future with conservatism and fun while we find it requires more superior imagination.

     Our present is where the past and the future collide and it shows us that even while we take forward time-honoured traditions and reacquaint with elements of our past, the future can never be a reproduction of what has been before.