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What is tomorrow made of? Artists probe consumerist society and planetary crisis

Nobody can predict what tomorrow will look like, but one thing is certain: if humanity doesn’t rethink its relationship with the environment, there will be no future. Two dozen artists were invited to participate in a collective exhibition in Paris under the title "Tomorrow is Cancelled – Art and Views on Moderation". They explored the concept of less is more.

From the cost of living to inflation, and from war to global warming, the word "catastrophe" seems to be on every news channel.

Therefore, the idea of organising an art exhibition around the notion of austerity in the face of a declining planet probably doesn’t sound very enchanting.

But this was precisely the challenge for the team of curators behind the exhibition "Tomorrow is Cancelled – Art and Views on Moderation" at the EDF Group Foundation in Paris, on display until 29 September.

"It’s difficult to do an exhibition on sobriety. At the beginning we said to ourselves 'everyone is going to come out of this exhibition and commit suicide, it's going to be horrible'," says Nathalie Bazoche, head of cultural development at the foundation, a branch of France’s national energy company Electricité de France.

Sobriety, or sobriété in French, can mean either solemn, or sober (from not drinking alcohol) in English, but for the sake of the exhibition, it has been translated as moderation.

At first, the crossed-out title sends out a negative message, it suggests that something is wrong. The viewer is intrigued to know why tomorrow might be cancelled, and who cancelled it.

The coloured vertical lines in blues and reds represent the flucuation of temperature recorded over the decades.


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