If the ‘future imperfect’ were to exist in linguistics, it would be a verb tense which fuses the past, present and future. Bringing together the ‘future perfect’, which looks forwards to a situation with a predetermined ending, and the ‘imperfect’, referring to the potentially endless continuation of a past event.
The Future Imperfect presented Cubitt’s archive in this tense. Considering the site of the archive and the archival document, typically, as a static, boxed-away, conception of history, The Future Imperfect looked towards the future of these documents.
The Future Imperfect was a one-day performance event co-curated with Sophie Bownes. It consisted of one-on-one scripted performance, where a visitor got taken on a fictitious tour by employees of the ‘Bureau of Transmogrification’, through the areas of Cubitt that are usually closed to the public. It was the publics' task to reactivate documents from Cubitt’s the archive, using ‘state-of-the-art’ digital technology. By translating physical documents to digitised imitations, archiving in an age of rapid technological advancement got put to the test. This event took place on the 15th of July 2017, shaped by a four-month curatorial research placement exploring Cubitt Gallery and Studio’s rich archive, which narrates its twenty-six-year exhibition and event history.
During the research period Sophie and I posted our findings on this blog.