daniel arsham’s fourth future relic film expresses earth’s ephemerality
all images courtesy of film the future




in the near future, years before the excavation of the moon, two young pilots report on the tidal fluctuations and storm systems they see on earth below them. from inside the cockpit of an airplane, the latest installment of the ‘future relic’ film series tells the darkly humorous story of the aviators’ grim realization that the human race is facing extinction. daniel arsham‘s ‘future relic 04’ expands upon the artist’s recurrent themes of ephemerality and decay, in an imagined, future civilization facing major ecological changes on earth.



future relic 04 — teaser
video courtesy of film the future




debuting during miami art week, the short film is ‘the most complex I’ve made in terms of scenography, with all of the sets constructed by my studio team,’ arsham said. ‘this film is very different from the other sections of future relic, and I think it gives audiences a forecast of where the rest of the film is going, both conceptually as well as in its tone.’ the chapter — part of a series which will culminate in a feature film in 2016, will include a collectable edition artwork by arsham of a now-obsolete object found in this future world. watch the trailer for ‘future relic 04’ above, and see the full feature on NOWNESS here

the cockpit set design was presented at the miami beach edition during miami art week 2015

daniel arsham and actor ethan suplee during the film production process 

the two pilots are filmed from inside a cockpit, designed by arsham and his studio team 

the design of the set is one of the most intricate produced for the series thus far 

an eerie back room of the plane is off limits to the pilots operating the plane