FUTURE is a series of five or six books by the artist duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs to be published by Edition Patrick Frey successively over the next few years. The exact subject-matter and timing of the publications are not planned far in advance. In fact, the idea is to publish relatively quickly so as to react promptly to recent events or current sensibilities.
After their first book about the future and memory, the second installment in the duo’s FUTURE series is about a place, or rather an entire realm, that literally surrounds us and yet remains as distant and alien to us as outer space: the watery world far below the surface of the sea.
Only through the use of elaborate technology are we able to dive ever deeper and explore these uncharted waters. But exploration inevitably leads to exploitation, and we’re liable to destroy this underwater world before we even get a close look at it, let alone begin to understand it.
The depths of the sea have always kindled human imagination, for this is a realm in which anything seems possible, a vast screen onto which we project all sorts of bizarre notions and phantasmagorical visions. The deep sea obeys other laws, other rules, and more and more evidence suggests we might even find our origins there—and, in its storied layers of sediment, our ultimate end.
Using a wide range of cutting-edge photographic tools and inventions, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs explore this uncharted world and create visual scenari-os that inextricably fuse scientific research and science fiction.