Future Machine is an evolving installation by Electric Coffin. Over its seven months at BAM, Future Machine will transform and expand through collaborations with local artists and makers, tradespeople, industry leaders, technology innovators, non-profits, and other creatives—demonstrating the potential for innovation that a blend of diverse voices invites.
Beginning February 7th, Future Machine will be on display at the Bellevue Arts Museum until September 10th. Every two months, the Future Machine will grow.
Makers of fine art objects and fantastical innovations, Electric Coffin is a multi-disciplinary studio dedicated to high concept and craftsmanship. With backgrounds ranging from painting and sculpture to fabrication and graphic design, the collective have worked on commercial projects ranging from full design builds to specific installation monuments.- See more projects
The machine initiates with an idea, its core source of energy. The ancient Greeks defined ennoia as an idea, concept, or thought engaged in the mind. Laced with intent, it can hint at purpose or outline a strategy. No idea germinates on its own: sown in fertile soil, it emerges from the strata of previously conceived thoughts, plans, and actions. Additional components must be engineered for the idea to be effectuated; together, these parts form an apparatus: the Future Machine. The idea is the genesis, the initial spark that ignites the plan into action.SEE IDEA
The word fuel is used to describe a substance that is consumed to power an engine, a body, or a mind.
Future Machine is fueled by a number of sources, both material and ephemeral. These sources encompass knowledge, culture, and the physical remains of industry, mass production, communication, and commerce. Representing the highs and lows of human achievement--the sacred and the profane--they together create the combustible admixture that ignites the progression from one phase to the next.See FUEL
Conforming to the laws of the natural world, human technology strives to harness nature and to overcome the challenges posited by it. Technology has made flight and mass transportation possible, while the heart—the mechanical center of every living organism—can be engineered, transplanted, and artificially produced. Mechanics deals with motion and the forces that drive it.SEE MECHANICS
Poetic and symbolic associations between the naturally occurring phenomenon of light and the expansion of acquired knowledge are ubiquitous in human lore, throughout the cultures of the world. Light—and those who desired possessed, or squandered it—reflected the characters and narratives that gave radiance to the natural world.SEE ILLUMINATION
Like the creative process, the future embodies uncertainty. How do art and design navigate this enigma? Design involves strategic ideation in service of a problem. If we didn’t care about the future, design as a practice would not exist; art is a link to society and a human expression of what it means to live, create, and chart a course in our world.SEE FUTURE