Futurama 2.0: The World of Tomorrow

Published Monday, 14th October 2019

Tracey Clement with Futurama 2.0

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone invites you to take a glimpse into a utopian vision of the future as part of Futurama 2.0 at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery from Saturday 26 October.

Mayor Carbone said the exhibition by the 2019 Artist in Residence (AiR) Tracey Clement is the clever result of community collaboration in shaping a better future.

“Futurama 2.0 is a wakeup call to remind us of how fragile our world is and that change is important if we are to continue to thrive.” He said.

“I commend the children, students and adults that worked with Tracey to create the mini metropolis which shows there is hope for the future. I encourage you to attend the exhibition opening and join the conversation.”

Tracey Clement said she engaged with local school students and adults to deliver a community’s perspective of a futuristic utopian city.

“This is the first time I’ve worked directly with the community and it was both a privilege and a pleasure. It was very gratifying to watch other people, of all ages, engaging with my project and enjoying working with their hands. In many ways, the best part for me has been seeing everyone else have so much fun,” she said.

“Futurama 2.0 is also the first time I’ve attempted to craft a utopian vision. We live in difficult times, and picturing hope has been a challenge, but one I am very glad I took on. Making art and viewing art are both powerful ways to think through complex issues, and this project has helped me (and I hope others) to see a way forward.”

The Futurama 2.0 model city is made from laser cut, recycled cardboard components decorated by more than 50 collaborators, and representing a utopian vision of a future shaped collectively.

“Brightly coloured and literally held by sticky tape, it looks like something kids might make. And this is the point. Kids did help make this city. We made it together,” she said.

Exhibition details:

Futurama 2.0 - Tracey Clement 2019 AiR
Official opening Saturday 26 October, 2pm
On exhibition until 15 February 2020
Fairfield City Museum & Gallery
634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield

For more information on the exhibition, visit: www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/FCMG