As part of the 2019 Nuit blanche à Montréal, we present 2040: Year/After: a thematic party at the Phi Centre.
2040: for better and for worse
What is in store for the year 2040? Will it be a utopian dream or a dystopian vision? In 2018, the United Nations published a landmark report on climate change put together by 91 scientists. The report found that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate, we can expect a future marked by food shortages, hordes of displaced climate refugees and coastlines wiped out by rising sea levels. While some people are distressed and alarmed by this, others, particularly in the tech community, are more optimistic about what lies ahead.
With these hypothetical scenarios of the future in mind, Phi has selected artists and partners to create an artistic, avant-garde and experimental evening with meditative undertones and didactic intentions. The event 2040: Year/After offers divergent visions and provocative ideas within an eclectic programming, highlighting art in all its forms.
Installation Speculating Futures — Space Plateau
Phi invited five artists from various disciplines to collaborate on a three-channel audiovisual installation. They will share their vision of what the future holds for us in 20 years, in a 2040 where anything is possible. This installation invites the audience to take part in a contemplative and introspective experience that’ll inspire them to take personal and collective action through art.
Fvckrender: Futuristic tech-digital artist, his renders pay a dark hommage to what may eventually reflect our very existence. He will present a series of loops of 15 forward-driven, technological innovations that will advance the well-being of humans by the year 2040.
Miri Chek: The Montreal artist recognized for her installations combining video, performance and sculpture will display a deep meditation over future wasteland.
Maryse Goudreau: A Quebec artist whose performative art focuses on photography, archives and video. She will explore the themes of space and disappearing biodiversity in her piece La constellation du béluga.
Caroline Monnet: The French-Algonquin filmmaker and artist will present Creatura Dada, in which six powerful native women come together to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it.
George Fok: This filmmaker, and Phi’s creative director, will give us a warning through a conspiratorial prediction of the geopolitical, economical, environmental and technocratic futures of 2040. The future might be grimmer than you think.
Musical performances — Space A
anabasine (9:30 PM to 11 PM): Stage name of the artist and American DJ Danji Buck-Moore, who’s also in the psych-pop trio Slight.
Jesse Osborne-Lanthier (11 PM to 12 AM): Montreal multidisciplinary musician of international recognition, he has performed in a variety of music festivals, clubs and museums all over the globe.
Pelada (12 AM to 1 AM): Montreal electronic duo made up of singer Chris Vargas and techno music producer Tobias Rochman.
Frankie Teardrop (1 AM to 2:30 PM): DJ, producer, founder of the LIP series and co-founder of the Slut Island festival.
Naak Energy Station — Phi Boutique
Guests will be invited to experience the future of cooking with a "food of the future" station, where they’ll be served sustainable foods, alternative proteins and “salvaged” vegetables and fruits.
Ed Wood's World — Space C
An installation featuring a bar and a boutique inspired by Wood’s films such as Plan 9 from Outer Space and Bride of the Monster, as part of The Horrifically Real Virtuality experience.