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
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