by Qi Zhang
I Am Interested in Seeing the Future is an architectural exhibition, that, contrary to what you might expect, includes no models and no drawings. Instead, as soon as visitors arrive, they find themselves surrounded by text. The wall facing the entrance is covered by an installation of single words on posters, interview transcripts on colored paper, and mirrors that reflect the sentences on flimsy scrolls arcing down from the ceiling.
There is only one word on each poster, written in both English and Chinese. The words in Chinese are always larger than those in English. I doubt this was done by design, as the words in Chinese are usually much shorter than their counterparts in English. However, the big Chinese characters function well: they grab your attention, whether you want to read them closely or glance them over as you pass by…
Image courtesy of ArchDaily/Tian Fangfang