Future is Behind
shoes, poro-elastic material, size of the visitor
After a thorough examination of possible perceptions of time, Nuyten developed shoes with a sole that is placed backwards in close collaboration with master shoemaker Nils Kalf. With Future is Behind Nuyten proposes to perceive the past in front of us and the future behind; when talking about tomorrow one will have to make an hand-gesture to their back.
There are three versions of this work: one is based on the iconic New Balance 547, another on Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk loafers and a third on the classic lace-up shoe. During the opening of the new space one of Upstream Gallery’s visitors were wearing the pair of shoes. Afterwards Future is Behind has been shown at several venues including Shoe or No Shoe Collection, Meijer’s shoe shop, and shoemaker Nils Kalf.
Courtesy: Upstream Gallery Amsterdam, in memory of Nils Kalf
Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij
Text: Marian Cousijn