Past Exhibition Ran from 12 May 2018 to 4 November 2018

The Future Starts Here

100 projects shaping the world of tomorrow

This show is stimulating, inspiring, exciting and challenging


From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition brought together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.

Exhibition Trailer

Supported by

The Volkswagen Group is a proud partner of The Future Starts Here at the V&A. In aiming to become a world-leading provider of sustainable mobility and driver of digital transformation, we know that innovation needs inspiration. The arts and culture are integral elements of a vibrant society and generate perspectives for its continual development. Therefore we support the arts in unfolding their power to inspire creativity worldwide.

Exhibition Highlights

Anthropocene spike, a golden spike driven into a rockface to mark the beginning of the Anthropocene geological era. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Seismic: 'Electric muscles for the elderly', Aura-powered bodysuits, Yves Behar. Courtesy of Seismic
Tomás Saraceno for Aerocene Foundation, Aerocene, launches at White Sands (NM, United States), 2015. Courtesy Aerocene Foundation. Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2015. Licensed under CC by Aerocene Foundation 4.0
Technology in Bed: 'Alone together', Hanif Shoaei, 2014. Courtesy of Hanif Shoaei
Body Code Animation: 'Visualising the code of life', Drew Berry, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. © E.O.Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Protei: 'An autonomous ship that cleans oil spills', 2014. © Scoutbots LTD, Cesar Jung-Harada
Radical Love, DNA portrait of Chelsea Manning, by Heather Dewey-Hagborg, 2015. Courtesy of Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Fridman Gallery, New York City
betamodel, Bento Labs: 'A home DNA lab'. © Bento Bioworks
Shooting Stars project: 'Shooting stars on demand', Ale and Co Ltd, 2016. © ALE Co. Ltd
Luchtsingel: 'A pedestrian bridge crowdfunded by citizens', ZUS, 2011 – 2015, Rotterdam. Photography: Ossip van Duivenbode. © ZUS
Living Network: 'A world wide web of trees', Jalila Essaidi. © BioArt Laboratories
Masdar City: 'The world's first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city', Foster + Partners. Photography by Eteienne Malapert, 2014. © Etienne Malapert, The city of Possibilities, Ecal

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The Future Starts Here
Background image: The Future Starts Here, 2018. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London