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“The future is much simpler than you think.”

The fall lecture series organized by the Rice School of Architecture (RSA) and the Rice Design Alliance (RDA) is called “Near Future” and it brings to Houston five visionaries from a mix of professions whose creative work attempts to forecast the future. Last week, they introduced the series with architectural historian and critic Jean-Louis Cohen, who explored themes of the future.

BarretThis Wednesday, the RSA/RDA series continues with Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin in dialogue with Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett. Barrett has partnered with Spike Jonze on all four of his feature films, including the director’s latest, the futuristic romance Her. Wired Magazine called the film the anti-Minority Report and Barrett told the magazine, “The future is much simpler than you think.” In the near future of Barrett’s production design, “Technology hasn’t disappeared,” writes Wired. “It’s dissolved into everyday life.”

It may turn out to be a comforting discussion for those overwhelmed by the speedy turnover of new technologies (although falling in love with Siri is not the recommended method of humanizing our machines).

The discussion starts at 7pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with a wine reception beginning at 6pm. Tickets are available online.

(Photo via imdb.com.)

also by Paula Newton
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