An Art History of the Future traces the representation and contextualisation of art in science fiction. The project is a double gatefold timeline with augmented reality overlays that quantifies the differences between near-field and far-field speculative art in science fiction novels and film¹.
The visualisation shows that the greater the difference between the date of publication of the novel/film and the date of setting in the fictional work, the more fanciful and abstract the representation of the art².
Line length for each entry is a function of the difference between the date of publication of the work and the fictional date the story is set in.
- For a full explanation of the work please refer to the essay by Gareth Owen Lloyd