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Invented Futures

Fin De Siecle Fantasies

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Aarhus University Press, Aarhus, Denmark
Published: 1st Apr 2008
ISBN-10: 8779343279
ISBN-13: 9788779343276
Barcode No: 9788779343276
Today's 20-20 hindsight easily allows us to take pleasure in the pictures of our past futures. Reviewing the future before it happened, the images collected here show us how futurists in the past variously imagined our future. While they got yesterday's tomorrows outlandishly wrong sometimes, they also got it wonderfully right at other times. Thus Octavius Cohen predicted: "Each reasonably well-to-do man...will have a telephote (sic) in his residence. By means of this device, the entertainment of any place of amusement in that city may be seen as well as heard."The 286 images the book are based on the idea 'If things continue to develop the way they are doing now, what will it be like in the future?' In other cases, the illustrators represented here ask the question 'What inventions or social developments would be desirable in the future?' and answer it in their caricatures. Every image is accompanied by an explanatory note while the critical introduction mulls over questions like presentism (that only the present exists) and about the future as a foreign country.

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