Monday, 11 June 2012

SLLU artist, Trill Zapatero, has created an excellent future vision of the world through a half-sim sized art installation.  A post-apocalypse, post-everything vision that shows that after humans mess everything up, they can still build a beautiful world for themselves.  Her message is an optimistic one.  We can make a better world.  It's why we keep up the struggle.

find it here:

THE APOCALYPSE WILL NOT BE TELEVISED…it will be immersive and interactive.

This is my take on what could be within the next couple of hundred years.  It is post oil, post economic collapse, post money, post everything almost. Global warming has come and gone and the environment is repairing herself.

You land in a blighted urban ruin inside of what used to be Dante’s Pizza. In the parking lot outside a ghost runs by leading the way, hopefully to help you escape from this dangerous and crumbling place. All around you are graffiti paintings giving clues as to what happened here. You notice the crumbling roman façade of the Stock Exchange building. You wonder why established institutions always used to style their architecture on that of fallen empires of the past. Even the Ritz hotel has totally lost it’s posh. You notice the ghost climbing the ladder so you follow her up and down the other side of the Imperial Theatre. You make your way through and abandoned, fallen-down house and out to the street. As you step on the road, it collapses beneath you and you land in a subway at Wall Street Stop. From here you make your way through the subway and after some collapsing walls and rising water you find yourself exiting through a sewer pipe that lets you out at the sea. You arrive at the End of the World, which is a really just a park at the edge of the sea, and there’s more ahead.  At the end of the world, salvation is a salvage company that redeems old junk from the city. Redemption for you comes in the form of a solar barge, The Redemptress, that takes you to and abandoned oilrig that has been converted into a community garden and living space.

My take on the apocalypse is not meant to be fear mongery but bravery mongery. What’s there to be brave about if you’re not first of all afraid of something?

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore (famous Indian poet)

About Me:
I’m interested in painting, illustration (especially making political cartoons for Huffingpost online), the Occupy movement, culture jamming,  peace for Afghanistan, the environment, doing my part to do something about the state of the world today.
I like building in virtual worlds and reading and riding my bike and hanging with my dog and boyfriend in the other world. My favorite band is the Tragically Hip from Canada. At the moment I’m rereading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Slideshow by PJ Trenton:

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