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Postnormal Times, 2017, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp


Friday 28 Apr — Sunday 17 Sep 2017, 09:00 — 09:00


Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp

Ziauddin Sardar's Centre for Postnormal Policy & Future Studies invites Fellows and friends of the Muslim Institute to view the installation Postnormal Times, 2017, currently showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, in Belgium, as part of its Temporary Futures Institute programme. The exhibition shows futures characterised by Contradiction, Complexity and Chaos, where all that was 'normal' has evaporated, while in the Polylogue game, 2017, collapse demonstrates its potential for new beginnings.

Postnormal Times (PNT) is a call to arms: an invitation to challenge our assumptions and biases about the contemporary world and possibilities for the future. It demands that we interrogate our sense of what is and is not 'normal'. PNT is not merely another 'post' - such as post-industrial, post-ideology, post-liberal and postmodern - concept for analysing and deconstructing. Rather, we see it as both a diagnosis and prognosis. In normal times, we have confidence in our facts and values, and we can take out time in making correct and appropriate decisions. In PNT, there is a sense of urgency, and the future feels like a runaway train barrelling into the unknown.

Exhibition design by Aine Cassidy and her colleagues at Effusion in London.

If you would like to be part of a group visit to view the exhibition this summer please register your interest by emailing: [email protected]