Alicia Eggert & Safwat Saleem: The Future

Light Installation

‘The Future’ uses data to illuminate the state of human rights around the world. Three marquee- like signs spell the word “FUTURE” in the world’s most commonly spoken languages – English, Chinese and Hindi. Each sign is composed of 206 light bulbs, representing every one of the world’s 206 sovereign states. The individual lights are turned on or off to depict each state’s standing on three specific human rights issues – armed conflict, gay marriage, and the death penalty. Although many lights remain dim at this present time, they represent the potential for change, and for achieving a brighter, more peaceful, and more sustainable future.

‘The Future’ is made in collaboration with Fine Acts

To see at:
AT&T Performing Arts Center


Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. Her artwork often moves, changes, deteriorates, and in some cases, even dies. It has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing and the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. She has had solo exhibitions at Harvard Medical School and at T+H Gallery in Boston. Alicia earned an MFA in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies from Alfred University and is a TED2013 Fellow. She is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Safwat Saleem is a Pakistani-American visual artist and graphic designer. He’s best known for making politically-charged satirical art. Safwat’s artwork has used a variety of media, including illustration, writing, animation, audio, film and sculpture. He often combines several media to create multimedia storytelling experiences that get his audiences talking — and laughing — about subjects that tend to otherwise make people feel uncomfortable. Saleem is also the founder of Bandbaja, a Pakistani music magazine that promoted the use of modern popular music as a socio-political tool. Safwat is a TED Senior Fellow and he likes pizza (like, a lot).

A biennial public art event of light, video and sound.

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