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An immersive new installation from a collective of artists aged 13-18, A Revolution of Discomfort playfully creates new dystopian futures in response to conversations about today.

Now or Never is Arnolfini’s creative studio led by a collaborative group of 13-18 year olds. 

A Revolution of Discomfort explores how contemporary consumerism leaks into both physical and digital social spaces, imagines the future of non-functional fashion trends and proposes ridiculous new pathways to escapism from the chaos of the everyday.

The work imagines the future world of New Bristol, a place where there is no escape from the latest cult must-have, ‘No Sole Shoes.’ Adverts bombard every social space and even stretch out across the landscape. 

The only escape from this hyper-consumerism comes through the ‘Game Joy’ VR headset, which transports the viewer to their ‘happy place,’ even if just temporarily. 

The video and installation work are the result of six months of collaboration by the young artists involved. As part of an ongoing commitment to the creative potential of young people, Arnolfini has initiated cooperative spaces for 13-18 year olds to work with artists, thinkers and doers to create impactful prototypes for new ways of living. Now or Never is here to discuss what to do when the world is slow, freezing or responding incorrectly. 

Click to read group member Megan Quantick’s writing about the project:


Opening times: 

Thursday 21 March 6pm – 8:30pm (Preview- click here to RSVP)

Friday 22 March to Wednesday 27 March 11am – 6pm


Now or Never is made possible through support from Future Quest.