The participatory website for “Q&Q 2022” is a new commission for the New Museum’s First Look: New Art Online series, inviting audience members to ask questions about the future.
“Will it still be reasonably easy to find a bookstore?” —Sae Harbingser (artist, New York)
“What will happen to the ocean?” —Gillian (student, New York)
“Will North and South Korea be united?” —Armin (student, Belo Horizonte)
“Will people still take pictures of everything they eat/see/do?” —Julie Cirelli (journalist, Stockholm)
These are just a few prompts from “Q&Q 2022,” a project by Anna Lundh that collects and shares questions from the public about what the future will be like in 2022.
The first “Q” in the title “Q&Q 2022” references “Telex: Q&A”—a project organized in 1971 by New York-based Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) as part of the 1971 show “Utopia & Visions: 1871–1981” at Moderna Museet, Stockholm—that anticipated the networked structure of the internet by envisioning a “world-wide telex information service.” It involved the installation of telex machines in four cities (Stockholm, Tokyo, Ahmedabad in India, and New York) and the participation of the public who were invited to send questions about 1981—ten years into the future—to the other sites. The second “Q” in the title stands for the new questions that are being asked about the future, ten years from now.
“Q&Q 2022” was initiated in March 2012 and will run for the course of one year. It has been exhibited previously in a performative installation at Exit Art in New York as well as in various workshops. This online version was conceived by Anna Lundh and programmed by Jonas Lund especially for the New Museum’s First Look program.
With special thanks to Julie Martin of E.A.T. who worked on “Telex: Q&A” in 1971.