The current moment is defined by an acceleration of events that make the future seem ever more compressed. Kunsthall Trondheim presents a group exhibition Who Wants to Live Forever?
The prospect of living forever changes our relationship to the present. Responsibility for the now is pushed to an ever further receding horizon of future redemption, where the hope of resurrection obscures the urgency of action in the present.
In 1950, a mummified body now known as Tollund Man was found in a bog on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. The features of the man who had lived in the 4th century BCE were so well preserved that he was first believed to be a contemporary. Tollund Man joined the ranks of Ötzi, who had lived around 3300 BCE, and others whose continued presence conflates our time with theirs thanks to the preserving materiality of mud and ice.
These bodies’ presences promise a gleam of immortality, which has long haunted human imagination in philosophy, pop culture, and various cosmologies. Today’s health crisis makes this topic urgent once again.