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


This exhibition is now closed at V&A South Kensington

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.

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.
Superflex, Aura-powered bodysuits, Yves Behar. Courtesy of Superflex.
Aerocene Explorer, launch at White Sands Natural Park, 2015, Tomás Saraceno. Courtesy the artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen, Esther Schipper, Berlin. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2015.
Technology in Bed, Hanif Shoaei, 2014. Courtesy of Hanif Shoaei.
Body Code Animation, Drew Berry, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. © E.O.Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.
Protei, autonomous sailing ship that cleans up oil spills, Scoutbots LTD, Cesar Jung-Harada, 2014.
Radical Love, DNA portrait of Chelsea Manning, Heather Dewey Hagborg, 2015. Courtesy of Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Fridman Gallery, New York City.
betamodel, Bento Labs. © Bento Bioworks.
Shooting Stars project, Ale and Co Ltd, 2016. © ALE Co. Ltd.
Luchtsingel, pedestrian bridge crowdfunded by citizens, ZUS, 2011 – 2015, Rotterdam. Photography: Ossip van Duivenbode. © ZUS.
Living Network, dummy antenna around fake tree, Jalila Essaidi. © BioArt Laboratories.
Masdar City, the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city, Foster + Partners. Photography by Eteienne Malapert, 2006. © 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