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DRIFT, DRIFTER, 2019, Installation view, Elemental, Amos Rex, Helsinki, March 6 – May 19, 2019, Photo: Stella Ojala © DRIFT

Museum Exhibitions


Fragile Future

Sep 29 – Dec 19, 2021
The Shed
New York

In Fragile Future, multidisciplinary artists DRIFT transform The Shed with sound, movement, and film in experiential installations that play on our senses and compel us to imagine alternative solutions for a positive future. The monumental exhibition and series of special performances builds on DRIFT’s past works that inspire a reconnection to our planet and its natural processes, as well as empathy towards nonliving objects.

Featuring a soundtrack created by ANOHNI, Fragile Future takes audiences on a journey through a series of interconnected installations, exploring the universal desire to seek out origins, destinations, and connection, as well as the power to be found in relinquishing control when embracing change. Since their early careers, DRIFT’s founders Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta have addressed urgent environmental themes in their work in order to challenge their audiences to think differently about their connections to Earth. The exhibition’s installations—from multitudes of shimmering lights that traverse the gallery like glowing seeds caught in the wind to massive concrete blocks, or Drifters, that magically float on air—offer a hopeful atmosphere for imagining a different world.

On select dates, Drifters becomes a surreal immersive performance that spans The Shed’s four-story-high, 17,000-square-foot McCourt space. In this unique performance activation, a monolithic Drifter is joined by additional blocks that float and dance together in an ethereal atmosphere, in counterpoint to a soundtrack by ANOHNI.

Fragile Future is presented by Superblue, the groundbreaking new venture dedicated to producing, presenting, and engaging audiences with experiential art, and The Shed.

The exhibition is organized by Kathleen Forde, Senior Curator, Superblue.

Learn more about Fragile Future at (opens in a new window) The Shed's website.

  • Museum Exhibitions — DRIFT at The Shed, Sep 21, 2021