Objects of the Misanthropocene: Exhibition Launch

Object Based Learning Lab (next to Octagon Gallery, Wilkins Building)
12th Oct 2022
16:00  - 17:30
Free event

Objects of the misanthropocene

Join us for a discussion and celebration of the latest Octagon Gallery exhibition

Join the team behind Objects of the Misanthropocene to hear more about what might be the Octagon’s most curious exhibition to date! Learn about the origins of the exhibition, hear from the minds behind the Illegal Museum of Beyond and connect with the artists whose works are on display.

Join us for a series of short talks and a panel discussion hosted in the Object Based Learning Lab. Following this, we’ll spill out into the Octagon to view and discuss the exhibition in more detail. This will also be an opportunity to find out more about the upcoming programme of events happening in UCL’s museums and cultural spaces this term.

About Objects of the Misanthropocene: Unearthing Futures

Sent back in time from distant futures, the objects in this Octagon Gallery exhibition were unearthed from a remarkable crash site discovered during the construction of the UCL Student Centre in 2012. What they reveal is set to revolutionise our understanding of the past, future and time itself.

Through painstaking forensic investigation, a team from the UCL Institute of Archaeology has identified that the crash site contained the remains of a time-travelling vehicle carrying objects from a future museum. Was the museum attempting to send the objects back to us as a warning?

Curators from this future museum present us with nematode worms put to work by humans, a pocket-sized T-rex worshipped by an extinction cult, and a gilded horn controversially removed from the last unicorn. Other objects reveal the harsh realities of the Survival Lottery, in which only the winners receive sufficient resources to survive, a planning application by a family of potato migrants, human-fungi hybrids, representing a new and resilient stage in human evolution, and edible human meat.

These discoveries come at a time in which the world is grappling with the implications of entering the Anthropocene, the geological epoch in which humans have irreversibly altered Earth’s climate and caused the depletion of resources on a planetary scale.

The unearthed objects reveal what lies in store for us. They announce what the excavation team now term the ‘Misanthropocene’, our future world ravaged by apocalyptic damage, unable to sustain human futures.

This exhibition presents these extraordinary finds to the public for the first time, as a provocative message sent back from the edge of the Anthropocene.

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