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View of “Future Shock,” 2017. Andrea Zittel, “Panel Dress Series,” 1995–98. Photo: Eric Swanson.

“Future Shock”

SITE Santa Fe

View of “Future Shock,” 2017. Andrea Zittel, “Panel Dress Series,” 1995–98. Photo: Eric Swanson.

For the inaugural exhibition in SITE Santa Fe’s revamped and expanded space, director and chief curator Irene Hofmann took her inspiration from Alvin Toffler’s best-selling book Future Shock (1970), borrowing its title for her exhibition. The book casts the rapid change induced by technological development in the first world’s postindustrial age as a disease—a deadly malady with which we as humans must come to grips. As with conceptions of history, epistemological change is at the heart of any futurity; changes in knowledge supersede the invention of new devices and herald shifts in the way humans relate to one another and to their environment.

The exhibition reinforces a teleological conception of the future and posits futurity as a placeholder for generalized ideas about the extinction of species (including Homo sapiens), scientific advancements, changes in human relationality,

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