Thursday, January 28, 2016

Turbo LAG and Oil

The oil is running out. Renewable energies do not cover our needs, as much as wind turbines to help us conquer the rooftops. It is the purpose of the production of materials on a large scale and stones, adobe and wood to keep our homes. Means of transport, paralyzed, prevent agricultural products to reach the cities, so the facades of the buildings have been forced to convert to gardens and orchards.

This is the 2100 has embodied the Illustrator Andrés Avaray constant recycling, one of the three winning entries from the first edition of 'Il·lustraFuturs' and 'A world of low-energy'. This initiative has brought together more than 100 works of illustrators from around the world, more than half as Spanish, have portrayed the future based on current trends, a field that the prospective deals, the discipline that studies the future.

"We wanted to talk about a future closer, because if not we would be closer to science fiction than science", explains Raúl Toran, Vice President of the Associació Catalana de Comunicació scientific (ACCC), organizer of this event along with the Obra Social La Caixa.

Avaray is based on the theories of degrowth, claiming a society that produce less and consume less, for his 'illustration of advance'. This creator has not portrayed spaceships, soaring skyscrapers or cutting-edge technology, but it raises a few cities reused in his work, utopian and dystopian at the time. "That society will have to cannibalize or take advantage of what left the previous one, is as a fungus growing on the top of a tree that is already dead".

'Barcelona 2100, digital solitude i augmented reality', Cristina Curto Teixidó
Cristina Curto also believes that in 2100 we go make clean slate. "There are many people that, if you think of the city of the future, seems you have to tear down everything you need done and start another city, but in reality..." Yet we retain the Cathedral of Barcelona", says this Illustrator.

In his work, 'Barcelona 2100, digital solitude i augmented reality', the spectator travels to a city in which everything is labeled, to the quality of the air. The reality is filtered through our devices and drones have conquered the airspace. "Maybe we're more technical, but ultimately it will be the same. Or not? ", asks Curto."
These two illustrations may be seen, along with other thirteen selected, Spanish and foreign, as part of the exhibition ' experiment by 2100. What awaits us in the land of the future?', which opens to the public this Friday at CosmoCaixa Barcelona.

'Cyber-City', José Carlos Nevarez Soto
"It is a joy that the Museum has opted for something different. Here is one of the first times that makes something", says Miquel Baidal, Coordinator of 'Il·lustraFuturs'. "What interested us was to raise the debate: now take those references and to check in 50 years what has happened, what proposals have been met", continues. Will we see some of the predictions of these illustrators? Is the future better or worse than the present?

The organizers tell us that these artists are mainly two types of visions: an eco-city in which renewable energy have gained ground and green also form part of the urban landscape, and another city more futuristic and dark, 'Blade Runner'-style, with neon lights as protagonists.

Conquering urban sky, Alejandro Olmedo Nieto

This darker aesthetic is what raises Alejandro Olmedo in 'Conquering the urban sky', a work inspired by science fiction cinema. In his work, as in the short, are drones and not spaceships that dominate the air space, flying between the high skyscrapers of the superciudades.

"There are cities like Singapore, Dubai or Shanghai that look like cities of the future, so I have no doubt that in 100 years they will have an aspect similar to the of my illustration", tells us about this artist, who believes that the buildings will continue laying siege to the firmament.

'Flat urban Barcelona 2100' of Mikel Acilu, another of the three works winners
Other creators have also reflected on the growth of the population and cities, although they have different solutions. Mikel Acilu, other winners of this award, did not resolve the issue by drawing a landscape, but that he drew a map of a future Barcelona in which the city has more green spaces and skyscrapers solve space problems.