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Fuel Your Futurist Imagination: 6 Artistic Visions of the Future

The BBC is running a contest, encouraging people to enter stills or video/animation depicting their personal visions of the future. They kicked off the “What If?” project by inviting six artists from around the world to seed the process. 

Recommended reading/viewing for this Friday: scoping out the What If? artists page, and scoping out the three paintings/drawings and three videos they contributed.
Estimated time (total) for reading & viewing: 8 minutes

Japanese artist Koji Yamamura creating his vision
  • Japanese illustrator and film-maker Koji Yamamura reinterprets Pieter Bruegel’s Tower of Babel. 
  • The Play Collective, based in Buenos Aires, imagines the chaos engendered by a toddler grabbing the family remote, 300 years from now.
  • Glenn Hatton, from Australia, animates three cities of the future.
  • Abdoulay Konate, director of the Conservatoire of Arts and Media in Bamalo, Mali, contributes a vision of a future created by respect for the environment
  • By contrast, British artist and author Levi Pinfold draws a dark, arid future based in scarcity (to me, it looks like a group of refugees from one of China Mieville’s novels landed in the deserts of Tatooine).
  • While Chema Madoz, from Spain, fears that resources may simply run out in 50 years time, resulting in “The End.” 
And the contest doesn’t close until tomorrow, March 8–so you have a brief window to submit your entry…

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