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Future By Design, Jacque Fresco and Future Living Projects

When I work on my pixel paintings I like to watch/listen to documentaries while I paint. I start these paintings by numbering a large section of the squares on the canvas with numbers that correlate with the right shade of grey which allows me to work without needing to think, except to make corrections. I recently discovered a documentary called Future By Design about futurist Jacque Fresco and his Venus Project. He’s a designer of sorts and makes models and prototypes based on his ideas about building a better designed future. With the aid of robots and the use of technologically progressive materials, he proposes a future that frees humanity from the pitfalls of war and economic strife, paving the way for our advancement into a more civilized society. He has been creating models since the 1950’s, designing helicopters, cars, houses, apartments and even whole cities. He has even built some of these structures down in Florida under his project, The Venus Project. His city design reminds me of a project that I started back in 2002 called the Future Living Projects, which uses a lot of architectural models. My earliest work for this project included several small models for future dwellings including a village model, a desert house, a power plant for energy production and a receiving station for communication. I further contextualized these pieces as set design/models for a fake futuristic sci-fi movie called MEGACITY VI. These pieces were meant to be part of a larger installation that was never fully developed that would include drawing, illustrations, painting, printed material and digital media. Below is a selection of Jacque Fresco’s designs and below that some images from Future Living Projects.

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The Village Model Small Scale Model by Brian Higbee and Future Living Projects The Village Model Small Scale Model (Detail)by Brian Higbee and Future Living ProjectsThe Desert House Small Scale Model by Brian Higbee and Future Living ProjectsReceiving Station Small Scale Model by Brian Higbee and Future Living Projects Power Station Small Scale Model by Brian Higbee and Future Living Projects

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An Object for a Future I’ll Never See and Future Living Projects

My friend Ben Knight hosts a show every year at the Vale of Cashmere in Prospect Park called Our Ocean is a Park. This year I did a piece called An Object for a Future I’ll Never See which was made using a 24″x24″x3/4″ piece of smooth plywood painted white. My idea was to make an object that would be submerged part way in the swampy water, creating the illusion that it was bigger than it initially appeared. I had gotten the title from an idea for a series of paintings called, surprisingly enough, Paintings for a Future I’ll Never See which I have yet to make. This is part of a project that I call Future Living Projects which I’ll try and explain at another time. Here is a link to the catalog. Below is a statement that Ben, an artist himself, kindly wrote for the online catalog he created about the show.

Brian Higbee and the Future Living Project’s contribution to the show, An Object for a Future I’ll Never See, came in the form of a SuperStudio-esque object. Much like SuperStudio’s 1969 Continuous Monument: An Architectural Model for Total Urbanization, (see website) it questions the limits of an object and how we perceive and conceive it’s dimensions. Does the object extend to the center of the Earth? Or possibly to the other side of the Earth? Similar to Piero Manzoni’s Socle Du Monde (Pedestal for the World) (see website) we are to question the space and context around the object, more than the object itself.

Here is an image of the piece as it was installed in the park and below that is an image of the piece from the year before called Tip of the Iceberg.

An Object for a Future I'll Never See by Brian Higbee and Future Living ProjectsTip of the Iceberg by Brian Higbee and Future Living Projects

 

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