For the past year, I've been debating the merits of industrialization and standardized time using my own experiences of deja vu, lucid dreams, grief, and personal growth through writing, sculpture and video. This Was the Future began on New Year's Eve 2015/16 with a 2,700 mile train trip across the US, crossing time zones in the hopes of chasing the year's end ad absurdum (we celebrated four times). The first phase of TWTF examines the railroad and other underpinnings of standardized time using video, drawings, sculpture, writing and their interaction through installation. The project is expressed differently with each presentation - either through installation, publication or broadcast - and may become a multi-year effort, i.e. "the life's work".