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World Futures – Change is the only constant value

The Arcade at Bush House, 30 Aldwych, King's College London
18 September 2017 – 27 January 2018
Monday – Friday: 10.00 –17.00 

As part of World Futures, Nowville is currently on display in The Arcade at Bush House until 26 January 2018. 

Nowville is an evolving interactive sculpture that will tell the story of a future city, building on and embellishing the vision of King’s staff and students. 


World Futures - title

If you could build the future, what kind of future would you create? On the occasion of the re-opening of the Arcade as a new engagement space for King’s, World Futures asks visitors to share their personal world vision and help shape the future, both of Bush House and of the world beyond it.

Bogdan Frymorgen 1Image courtesy of Bogdan Frymorgen

In order to understand the future, it is important to be aware of the past. This interactive exhibition incorporates photographs by former BBC Studio Manager, Bogdan Frymorgen, that tell the stories of life within Bush House, when it served as the headquarters of the BBC World Service until 2012. A lot of the questions asked during the BBC’s time at Bush House are more relevant than ever today: what information is to be trusted in a world of fake news? How can we make an impact in the current age of global insecurity? How can Bush House continue to inspire, engage and cultivate conversation?

World Futures asks these questions, inviting visitors to reflect on their own lives and on those being played out across the world. 

Card wall3. Credit - Kate Anderson

Image credit: Kate Anderson
What kind of future would you like to be a part of?

Visitors are invited to contribute to World Futures by writing and drawing their visions of the future on cards, which are then displayed as part of the installation.

So far, over 430 King's students, staff and public have shared their thoughts and ideas, which cover themes such as inequality, the environment, education, economy, healthcare and culture. Examples of ideas include a future in which:

'Everyone has equal opportunity'

'Sustainability is a given in all we do'

'Books are free. #freebooksforall'

'Wealth is not used to determine social value'

'Excellent healthcare is available in every single place on Earth'

'People break out into song and dance at random hours of the day'




As part of World FuturesBABEL NEWS is a sound-and-vision-scape created by Dr Milena Michalski, a King's artist in the Department of War Studies, which combines abstract moving images with audio material reflecting the BBC World Service, in particular the emergence of the public voice.

The free installation is part of a discrete project, Influencing the world, listening to the world: the emergence of the public voice, involving Prof James Gow, Dr Milena Michalski, Dr Peter Busch, Jayne E. Peake within the Department of War Studies at King's.

It is part of the work associated with the AHRC-funded Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community, a major collaborative project led by Dr Rachel Kerr in the Department of War Studies, with partners at the LSE and University of the Arts. More information of the project can be found here


About The Arcade at Bush House

The Arcade at Bush House, which opened in September 2017, is part of the King's Cultural Quarter, and is home to a varied programme of events, installations and exhibitions, offering a forum where students, the academic community and the public can engage with each other, as well as with artists and cultural partners.  Also home to a welcoming café and the KCLSU Shop, The Arcade offers a direct connection with research and collaborative activity taking place across the university, and provides a new space on the Strand for conversation, reflection and engagement.

World Futures – Change is the only constant value is presented by Cultural Programming at King’s College London in collaboration with Bogdan Frymorgen and Studio Hato. 

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