Friday, 13 April 2012

The Dystopia Is Now

The idea of the 'Dystopia' alludes to a devastated place. A place lacking of hope, a destroyed place, somewhere in the future. However, what if I said that the Dystopia is now?

Architecture is changing, it is being forced by economics; how many houses can we cram in that area. Space will soon be measuring not just in area, but in terms of volume.

We spend Billions on making nuclear weapons and heating the planet, yet we can't afford to house and populate our world.

It is funny how the most chilling of images can also be the most beautiful.

Lets look at things like earthquakes; we build a city, it is destroyed, people are killed and lose everything and sit back we pretend to care. Then we just build the city back again as if nothing happened. Why don't we take precautions. 

Nevertheless, the fact remains that if the disaster doesn't get the media attention, there won't be enough money to rebuild these communities. 

Scars are left upon the community that would cost too much to fix, we just build somewhere else.

 Capitalism drives us and controls us whether we like it or not.

Here is the reaction; to personalize these alienated dystopias. Within these ignored 'non-places' life is created and represented through art form. However, due to the media and collective opinion the social value of these places is reduced further by graffiti, reflecting negative connotations linked with youth culture. 

So are these artists attempting to make a point? Is it a cry for help, speaking out against the capitalist world. Fighting a lost cause, but fighting nonetheless...