Utopian (?) Visions of the FuturePosted: July 17, 2011
It’s surprising that there isn’t more art generated to communicate a future to aspire towards. Anyone my age missed the great enthusiasm of futurism during the 50s and 60s and is more used to apocalyptic visions from Terminator, Bladerunner, etc.
Liam Young and David Chen are contributors to the “Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today” blog, which is rich with design fiction provocations that are superb to wander through. One of my favourites, and in fact how I discovered them, is a project called “Where The Grass Is Greener”. It’s a tongue in cheek vision of a utopian future;
“Where The Grass Is Greener” documents a radical alternative in contemporary living, an urban infrastructure, a social experiment, a political statement…. Three thousand residents and counting. In London’s outer suburbs, a community has gathered walling themselves off from the rest of society. These postcards bear testament to their vision.
More postcards for your viewing pleasure
Because the web site is a little awkward to navigate, I’ll include my favourite postcards below. Enjoy!
I’m curious if it is possible to sincerely map out a vision for a utopian future anymore? Can we embrace naivety and not let our cynicism take over?
Alright, that’s enough for now.