You Cannot Imagine: Future

Author/s: Johanna Christina Teufel
Posted: 8 June 2020

YOU CANNOT IMAGINE: FUTURE is an animation film that criticizes the utopian approach to imagining future scenarios.

YOU CANNOT IMAGINE: FUTURE is an animation film that critizes the utopian approach to imagining future scenarios. The protagonist in the film alludes to the historical figure of Valerie Solanas, who wrote a feminist future-manifesto and shot Andy Warhol in 1968 because “he had too much control over her life”. Like Solanas’ perception of Andy Warhol, the film accuses the audience of having too much control over the film itself. Due to the inability to unthink political oppression, every observer and creator has too much control over future scenarios. Therefore, this limited imagination should be eradicated.

Since the limited imagination of the audience hinders the film from telling its future, the viewer is murdered by viewing the film.

Nevertheless, unlimited imagination stays impossible - also for the creator - so the massacre fails: the first victim, the viewer, shoots back and kills the film itself.

It is eradicated by giving the viewer the idea of shooting and therefore embodies the underlying message: The moment of imagination is limited by the ideas we own in this very moment.