As a VIP at the Fountain Art Fair in New York City I saw endless state of the art artistic creations. I met an artist from Tokyo whose art was masterfully poetic and suggested a science fiction future that exists now. Another artist I met was from France. She had photos and looped videos from Kyoto and Tokyo. If I weren't somewhat familiar with Japan her images would've alienated me into feeling like a gaijin.
Not only was the art amazing, the atmosphere of the avantegarde made me feel like a new age of our species is about to emerge, as I've often theorized it would.