Blog: QUESTIONS Past : Present : Future, Daniel T.

Date posted: January 17, 2017

(By Daniel Trivedy, Artes Mundi 7 liveguide)

The questions posed by Artes Mundi 7 are the sort that needle away at you. They are questions that remain open, bubbling away in the background, unlikely to ever be resolved.



“Study the past if you would define the future” Confucius

John’s work references previous causes of migrations

What lessons from past migrations might we apply today?

Are we destined to repeat some of the mistakes we have made in our past?

How far do the boundaries of our empathy stretch?

Lamia’s work forces us to question the history of place

To what extent does a National Museum really represent a place and its people?

Is there a better way to represent the collective history of a place?

How do we ensure that all voices are represented in our history?



“The future depends on what you do today?” Mahatma Gandhi

Nastio’s work reminds us that our identities are not fixed

Do we all have the potential within us to be a dictator?

How can we trust another person’s intentions?

Are all our intentions inevitably self-motivated?

Neil’s work makes us think about power relationships

Who really holds the reins of power in our society?

How candid are the conversations that happen behind the doors of power?

How are these power relationships changing in our society?



“Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming” David Bowie

Bedwyr’s works offers perhaps a prescient omen

Who will influence and shape the future of our towns and cities?

Will the absurd truly become reality?

Where will the new towns and cities be built to house our growing population?

Future Farmer’s make us think about our relationship to food

What will be our relationship to the food we eat in the future?

Will we have a closer or more distant relationship to where our food is sourced?

Who will govern and influence our food policies?


Daniel is part of a group of 8 Liveguides that provide free daily tours of the Artes Mundi 7 exhibition and devise special workshops for schools, families and adults. They will be writing the Artes Mundi 7 blog throughout the length of the exhibition.

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