Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Outdoors message for Mecha.
My dear fellow Mecha,
In the past ten years, our community has been growing in vastness and practicality. Look upon the beautiful landscape of sterile white boxes and be proud! Breathe in the fume-ridden air and rejoice, because our domination is at its peak.
In years to come, we will be here still, performing our routines with no break in our algorithms. But this perfect future will not exist if we let one glitch occur. So this is a reminder to keep every cog in place. Ensure you have a regular maintenance session with cerified MRVC repairers. Clean you steam gauges every month. Lubricate your Flatulickalisers and maintain the biofluid in your Lechetrons daily, and we'll be on our way to the unmoving future.
Let's keep things the way they are!
Regards from you Lord Mechavon.
How will we live?
Humans and mecha will co-exist. In fact, human life will diminish, and more and more of the population will be artificial beings. The remaining humans would not be able to survive in the toxic atmosphere without gas masks, thus it is mostly the mecha who roam the outdoors. For the most part, humans will remain indoors, where air is filtered especially for their survival. All the leisures of life will be enjoyed indoors by artificial simulation and virtual reality, and the life of a human will be whittled down to a mere existence in a cage of illusions. However, the mecha will live on, but will never progress because they lack the human innovation to 'upgrade' themselves, and the greatest human minds will have died out.
What conditions are inside and outside?
Outside, the air is toxic. An accumulation of the seemingly harmless chemicals that have been released into the air over the years will eventually become a manifestation of deadly fumes. Humans will not be able to survive in the outdoors any longer, and this is why much of the human population will die out. Extensive apparatus can be used to aid breathing outdoors, but for the most part, humans will stay indoors, and it is mecha that roam outdoors.
Inside, the air is carefully filtered for the decreasing number of humans. However, were the energy supply to go out, humans would instantly be choked by the outside toxic fumes. Because the humans are more or less trapped indoors, technology that simulates the outdoors will be present in every home. Thus would a human feel as though they are experiencing the outside world, although in fact, they are merely sitting in a illusion.
What is in our homes?
Inside every home is technology that simulates the outdoor world. Also every piece of furniture, though appearing minimalistic, will be endowed with technological devices. Everything is designed for human comfort, especially since humans can exist indoors only. Because humans are growing lazier, homes will be self-cleaning and totally subservient to the owners. A human could sit in a chair for a week without moving and the house would serve him food, provide entertainment, wash him, and perform other tasks to maintain basic human life.
What is outside?
Outside is the domain of the mecha. Beauty will no longer exist outside, and the exterior of house will appear as a big white box. Because no humans see the outside world anymore, artistic value no longer exists. Everything is done for practicality. Especially because robots live in the outside world as their own communities, the outside will appear very clean and sterile. Robots are programmed with a will to clean things and set things in order, thus the outdoor world will be very spick-and-span, but unattractive.
What are the weather conditions?
Weather is scorchingly hot all year round because of the greenhouse effect. Again, this affects humans and explains why they all remain indoors. Humans will have given up caring for the environment by then. As the earth becomes infected beyond repair, humans will have given up even trying to reverse the damage. In fact, their houses would constantly be expelling toxic fumes and electromagnetic radiation into the outside world. The intense heat would mean that only the mecha survive.
What is everything made of?
Some futuristic material will be created, which at first will appear to be harmless to the environment, but in time it will be discovered that it is in fact harmful. It would be some kind of hybrid between plastic and metal- with the durability, flexibility and resourcefulness of plastic, but with the conductivity and strength of metal alloys.
What events have had an impact on our surroundings?
The event of a kind of apocalypse will impact everything. The apocalypse that kills off much of the human race will be something alike to the bubonic plague. Not only the increasing toxic fumes will kill humans, but the increasing filth will start some strain of biological virus that will infect a large part of the population. Because there will be so few humans left, surroundings will be bleak and un-beautiful.
What events have had an impact on how people think, behave, exist?
The same apocalypse will change the morals of the remaining humans. They will no longer care for the idea of future generations. The point is to survive here and now. Thus will no care be taken to presere the environment or save the world for the future. Peope will exist in a state of laziness until their death. Marriage will no longer be valued, and having children will be seen as pointless, since there is no hope for future generations as it is. Humans will resort to mecha for relationships and spouses, especially since humans are so few.
What is growing? What machinery/gadgetry is used?
All sense of technology will grow to a point where humans can enjoy life in full laziness. However, once that point is reached and the effects of it cause the apocalypse, all technology will come to a stand-still since human innovation will have died out with the apocalypse. The creators of technology will have killed themselves with their inventions. Though the mecha appear as the pinnacle of technology, they cannot 'upgrade'.
What do buildings look like?
Buildings will be ultimatedly unattractive. Because everything will be done for practicality rather than beauty, aesthetics will no longer matter, and everything will apeear as mere white boxes. Also, because minamilism is growing in popularity, there will be no adornments or embellishments of any kind. Just simple white blocks- the most base neccessity to live.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Three aspects of future life that I'm considering are:
1) Environmental factors
2) Science and Technology
"Byline: Mark Z. Jacobson
The use of biofuels, particularly ethanol, has expanded in the last few years based significantly on the premise that biofuels replacing fossil fuels may reduce global warming and air pollution problems. While this claim is still being debated, the real comparison should be between biofuels and other emerging technologies. It is found here that both corn-E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline) and cellulosic-E85 degrade air quality and climate by up to two orders of magnitude more than Battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs) or Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCVS) powered by either solar Photovoltaics (PVs), Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, wave, or tidal power. As such, the use of cellulosic or corn ethanol at the expense of the other options will cause certain damage to health, climate, land, and water supply in the future.
I am intrigued by this idea that although we keep attempting to improve the environment, since that we are aware of the harm we've done to it, we are nonetheless continuing to damage the earth and ourselves. Scientific progress - while improving our lives in the short term - is destroying us.
This concept reminded me of the 2008 animated film, Wall-E.
Wall-E is a story set in the future about a little robot who seems to have been left alone in a post-apocalyptic world. However, it was not a nuclear bomb or anything of the like that 'destroyed' the Earth, it was humans and their pollution. The little robot Wall-E survives only because he is a robot. Humans have all either died out because of their inability to live in the unsustainable environment, or have migrated to the giant space-station where their life is largely restricted.
I like the idea of robots roaming the desolate earth. They cannot progress because they don't have any creativity or innovation to create anything new. They merely rust and eventually 'die' themselves.
Science and Technology
This website has a selection of potential future robotic technologies. Mostly, they have been designed for human benefit (as all technology is). We generally think of robots as subservient and merely used to accommodate our growing laziness. When humans are too lazy to do the job, send in the machines! However, I see this as a negative thing, and the common idea of 'the rise of the machines' comes to mind.
I think it's likely that human kind will die out in the future. We are becoming so reliant on technology that if it malfunctions, we are unable to function ourselves. This reminds me of segments of 'Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory'. The designer Greg Broadmore created a catalogue of futuristic devices that were conceived even in the 30s and 40s. Most of the catalogue is ironic, and laughs at our idea of what the future might be. However, there is a sinister underlying tone to the book. It is a social comment on human nature and how technology destroys us. There are contraptions in the book that accommodate the sloth of mankind, which are both mentally and physically destructive.
I like the idea of robots being all that's left, and the few remaining humans are so reliant on technology that they simply cannot function without it. I think I'll design my posters in the style of Broadmore- with many ironic comments and comical disclaimers.
This article explores the idea of technology becoming integrated with fashion. Since 'the future' is often associated with furthering scientific technology for our comfort, I think it's reasonable to assume that the future of fashion wil involve technology.
For my poster, I might explore that idea that future human fashion is alike to putting on a mecha suit. Soon man becomes machine externally, because what could be more lazy than wearing clothes that function as your bathroom/kitchen/air conditioning/heating/anything you can imagine.
Overall, I believe I have a fairly bleak outlook on the future. Although technology will advance and everything will be efficient, handy and most importantly- lazy for humankind, human life will cheapen. Life would have no meaning anymore, everything would be too easy. Although it's arguable that it was only natural for man to advance in knowledge, and therefore advance in their methods of maintaining life, I believe we may breach the bridge of nature soon. Perhaps we are delving too deep into questions that weren't meant to be answered. Perhaps our defiance against the natural order will soon bite us back. Soon we'll be less than human.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
My immediate idea was to combine photography and graphics- in a Klutsis type style. The imagery of a female devil came to me nearly instantly, and in my concept, I had the idea that she is also symbolically a tyrant- thus the Agit Prop side comes into play.
Here are some photographs I intend to layer into the poster.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Some aspects of Russian Constructivism:
1) Originated in Russia from about 1919, and lasted until around 1934
2) It was art used for social purposes. Affected the art of the Weimar Republic
3) Uses an industrial, angular approach.
4) Began largely in sculpture, but moved onto two-dimensional art, such as books or posters.
5) The statements made by the Constructivism posters were designed to make a reaction. The viewer is supposed to get a socio-political message from it.
6) Uses many angles and mostly block colours.
7) Not many colours are used in a single design, but they are usually high contrasting. Low saturation colours.
8) Either photography or cartoon-style drawings are used.
Alexander Rodchenko was a Russian artist, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer. He was considered one of the founders of Constructivism. His photography made social statements and were somewhat opposed to the painterly aesthetic. He chose to take photographs of subjects from unusual angles- usually above or below. He has become a great influence in 20th Century graphic designers. His portrait of Lilya Brik has inspired several works, including covers of music albums, such as Franz Ferdinand’s ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’.
Gustav Klutsis was a photographer and a member of the Constructivist avant-garde movement in the early 20th Century. He liked to work in a variety of experimental media, and used propaganda as a sign. He is commonly known for his photo montages, which were considered fresh, powerful and somewhat eerie. He is one of the four artists who is claimed to have invented political photo montage in 1918.
Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg were Soviet artists and designers. The brothers began their work when they designed posters for the May Day celebration in 1918. They later staged their own ‘Constructivists’ exhibition, accompanied by a manifesto. The areas in which they worked best were theatre, costume and graphic design – particularly the graphic design of film posters which was encouraged by the interest in films in Russia at the time. Their style consists somewhat of collage. They assemble together portions of photographs and reprinted paper that had been created by others. Thus does their work have elements from Dada. They have also notably created posters for Sergei Eisentstein’s films.
Vladimir Mayakovsky was a Russian poet and playwright, but also created graphic design posters in his short lifetime. He designed a Agitprop poster, which mixed both graphics and text. Agitprop is a portmanteau of agitation and propaganda. At the time, ‘propaganda’ in Russian did not bear negative connotations. Because Mayakovsky was a playwright and poet more so than a designer, he did not create many posters in his life, but the ones he did have become iconic.
Here is my progress for my second poster on Psychedelia. Along the way, I've clearly changed the poster quite a bit, and some of the initial work (such as the tinman and the scarecrow, which I've now turned merely into silhouettes) was wasted.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Some aspects of Psychedelic Art:
1) ‘Psychedelic’ means mind infesting. The psychedelic state was usually induced by drugs such as LSD.
2) Often features fantastical and surrealist aspects.
3) Kaleidoscopic elements are often used.
4) Swirls, circles and diffraction patterns are also common.
5) Usually very colourful. Often rainbows or highly contrasting colours are used.
6) Lettering is usually done by hand.
7) Became popular in the 1960’s when a lot of album art was created with a psychedelic style.
8) Now often done digitally.
Brian Exton. An example of digital psychedelic art, using fractals and bright colours.
Salvador Dalí was Spanish surrealist painter, who was well known for his bizarre and surrealist works. However, he was also experienced in other forms of art such as photography, sculpture and writing and even filmmaking. Along with the surrealist film director, Luis Buñuel, he made the famous short film ‘Un Chien Andalou’ (An Andalusian Dog). He tended to employ entensive symbolism in his work. The theme of time is often explored in his work. Though not exclusively psychedelic, Dalí’s art certainly has elements of the surreal.
Alex Grey is an American artist born in 1953. He specializes in spiritual and psychedelic art. From a young age, death fascinated the artist. As a child, he collected dead insects and animals in surburban neighbourhood. Several of his works have themes of death within them. He is best known for his ‘X-Ray’ paintings, which are an integration of body, mind, soul and spirit. He often paints in excruciating anatomical detail. His art has been used by the occasional rock musician on their albums, such as Nirvana, Tool and Beastie Boys.
Richard Alden Griffin was born in 1994 in the United States. He was an artist and designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. The psychedelic underground comic, ‘Zap Comix’ often featured his work. He was influence by other psychedelic artists such as Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, and his first exhibition was for the musical group ‘Jook Savages.’ From there, he became a popular poster artist for several parties such as ‘Family Dog’ and ‘The Charalatans’.