Directed by artists Amr Elkafrawy and Jean-François Robin Memories of the future is a work that unfolds a dreamlike and poetic environment, stemming from ruins of the past. The main component is a film in 5 chapters and the secondary component a series of sculptures. Through a preponderant strategy of inversion of time, this project suggests a new look at the imaginary of the future in the hope of taming our own faculty of temporal intervention. This project is an attempt to look at the future as if it were past in which we draw dreamlike and oneiric future landscapes, stemming from ruins of the past.
Screening: – Nictophilia, 16th of October 2021 at Caisa Kulttuurikeskus. Helsinki, Finland organized by KinoKulturKlub
Exhibitions: – Medrar Gallery for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt. 1st of February 2023 > 24th of February 2023
Original Idea Amr Elkafrawy & Jean-François Robin
Concept Art Amr Elkafrawy Art Direction, Screenwriting, Cinematography, 3D Conception, Poetry Jean-François Robin
Sound design & music by Emilie Roby, who would like to thank OBORO for its support.
Voice Over Japanese, Ai Ikeda Korean, Ahreum Lee French, Jean-François Robin Arabic, Amr Elkafrawy English, Eric Tschaeppeler
Special thanks to Kevin Dubeau for all his help and constructive comments throughout the conception of this project, Joëlle Dubé for her infallible support and constructive critique, Lynn Hughes for supervising the project, Ahmed Kamel for his constructive critique, Eric Tschaeppeler for helping with the English translation, Jean-Ambroise Vessac for supporting the project with funding.
This project was made during an online residency at KinoKulturKlub (Helsinki) during the first summer of Covid Pandemic.
Date of production: 06.2020
This clip is part of a larger film called Exquisit Futures.
An international, remote collaboration: 10 artists 20 days 1 film, imagening artistic life in the future in a chain reaction of creation. Conceptually constructed productional experiment, inspired by the global lockdown. Collective predictions of post-apocalyptic timelines, visualised by a selection of international artists through ten 48 hour-marathon productions intertwined in a domino-effect.
According to Jean Baudrillard in Simulacres et simulation (1981: 53), medium does not exist per say anymore as it is now impalpable, blurred and mixed with reality, so much that one cannot say if this medium is altered or not (Translated from Baudrillard, Jean, Simulacres et simulation – 1981, p53).
This project emphasize on this idea by trying to blur the boundary between the digital with the real by mixing both aesthetics together.
This project stemmed from a residency in LEGI lab (Lyon, FR) in a fluid mechanic laboratory (July 2019) and was exhibited at the black box (Concordia, Montréal, CA) in December 2019.
Paysages Disparaissant, is an attempt to bring the observation principle (Niels bohr) concept into concrete terms. In short, the landscape changes when the visitor is not looking at it, thus depraving him/her from any perceptual map. This project was shown to the public at 4TH SPACE (Montréal – Concordia, CA) during an residency in December 2019.