A new iteration of Our Future Likes is on at ORTUS, until December 2019
Open: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm
Free entrance – all welcome
ORTUS, 82-96 Grove Lane Camberwell London SE5 8SN
Our Future Likes explores the complexities of the lives we live on and offline and ways it can be damaging to our mental health. The exhibition reveals how some artists and young people in our society are taking the lead, creating art that explores how we can make the internet a more positive and contemplative space. And also, how we can begin to take charge of our futures within it.
Contributors: Alexandra Leigh, Art Assassins (South London Gallery’s young people’s group) and Lloyd Corporation, Daniel Regan and young people from Bethlem Adolescent Unit, Dolly Sen, Gabrielle de la Puente (White Pube), Jack Burrus-Coomber, Katherine Melmoth and Charlotte Hooley, Love People Support Bethlem (a collective of students from Langley Park School for Boys), Lisa Biles, Max Reeves and young people from Raw Material.
Some young people at the Bethlem Adolescent Unit describe their weekly two-hours of internet time as time to “cry and [socially] die”, where scrolling through curated presentations of other people’s ‘perfect lives’ on Instagram, leaves them feeling low, isolated and excluded. Psychologist Naz Wagle at the hospital, describes the quandary being faced: “at a time of massive losses and fracturing in life, could there be some advantage in maintaining these new forms of connection; might engagement with social media act as a pressure release, a way to seek validation, or to sublimate difficult stuff into another way of expressing, what we have for millennia through a myriad of art forms, whether that’s a 280 character tweet or a picture on Instagram?”.
The exhibition theme has been developed with young people and staff at the Bethlem Adolescent Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital.
Image credit: The Lost City of Toys by Max Reeves, Whats crap app by Dolly Sen, Party by Jack Burrus_Coomber