The Future Is Here, an Alec Newson exhibition from London’s Design Museum, will be hosted and co-curated by Victoria’s RMIT University Design Hub from 29 August and address the future of manufacturing in the factory.

The exhibition focuses on the idea that we are in the midst of a transformation that is changing the way we design, make and consume objects we depend on.

For its Melbourne iteration, The Future is Here will also profile new thinking drawn from the RMIT Design Hub alongside internationally-sourced works from the London Design Museum.

A series of speculative projects from Melbourne, where RMIT suggest ideas and new technologies meet at the forefront of innovation, aims to provoke discussion around the fetishization of the tools of digital production such as 3D printers, drones and robots.

Mass customisation, emerging technologies and platforms such as crowd funding, social networking, online marketplaces, robotic manufacturing processes, 3D printing, nanotechnology, routing and open-source micro computing, are all addressed in the exhibition as factors that are removing the barriers of access to manufacturing.

Melbourne Exhibitors: Richard Blythe, Milan Brandt, Mark Burry, Professor Peter Choong, Gyungju Chyon, Justin Clemens, Susan Cohn, Bin Dixon Ward, Leah Heiss, Tom Kovac, Scott Mayson, Lucy McRae, Paul Minifie, Floyd Mueller, Blamey Saunders Hears, Matthew Sleeth, Roland Snooks, Jenny Underwood, Nick Williams.

London Design Museum Curator: Alex Newson.
RMIT Design Hub Curators: Kate Rhodes, Fleur Watson. Exhibition Design: Studio Roland Snooks.
Exhibition Graphics: Stuart Geddes and Brad Haylock.