2020 2020 : Futurists’ Diaries (2017)

What would you do if you began receiving a stranger’s diaries in your mail?

What would you do if you began receiving a stranger’s diaries in your mail?

What if they contained information that could change the world?

Who is best tasked to make these changes?

The people onstage are a strange lot: the artists and scientists seem to live in their own heads, while the rest move as their world moves around them. This is a story of continuous growth and action: how will the clone move the others into moving together, to change with change?

In a not-so-strange world where diaries are coveted knowledge, perhaps clones will teach us a thing or two about the states of being and becoming.

Futurists’ Diaries is the third and new performance under Project 2020, featuring music, dance, lighting design, and set design, stretched upon the narrative of a clone who receives diaries from various futurists across space and time. Performers recruited from the public returns, this time not simply as witnesses but as figures capable of action. Artists and scientists from the public are also onstage this year, exploring and blurring the boundaries between art and science, expert and amateur. Professionals and non-professionals alike, contributors to this project will face the same question posed at the audience: what transformative action will this experience inspire?

The paths towards better futures are moving and progressing ones, Futurists Diaries is a reminder and a call to working actively on the paths towards better futures.


World Premiere at Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival, DBKL Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2017)