smart urban stage is a global online project dealing with the term »FUTURE OF THE CITY«. »We ask pioneers from metropolises around the world to question the urban status quo.« The results are visions, ideas and solutions for sustainable lifestyles, modern social systems and forward-looking developments in the fields of architecture, design and technology. The worldwide event series is exhibiting ideas and solutions of forward thinking future makers. The brand behind this online project is the car manufacturer smart, which hosted special events throughout Europe during the last two years.
Now smart initiated the online project FUTURE OF THE CITY. Within their Q&A series Iraq-German author Najem Wali was requested to ask artist, filmmaker and one tenth of Agents Of Change (London) Timid: »Is there something behind the dust of the highway?«
Wali: »My own curiosity inspired me to question what we leave behind in our every day lives, like dust. Tracks in the sand, dust on the highway. Everything passes away. Everything disappears. Only the desire for perfection, inaccessibility and infinity stays forever. For me it’s very interesting to see the different approaches of people on how they see things between the lines and on the background. And: If one day everybody is asking such questions – wouldn’t that be great?«
Photographer and artist Timid answers Najem’s question with his photo series (seen above): »My answer takes the form of a story that can be represented both in words and images, that can read in a linear or chaotic fashion.«
»The images shot on a cameraphone are inspired by the crime author Derek Raymond who had a fascination with the minutiae of London life and examined what lay behind the closed doors and closed off faces of its population. The text takes the form of a narrative created from the data stored on my Oystercard and my cameraphone alongside notes and recordings of overheard conversations, received text messages and newspaper headlines to weave an abstract story that could be one or many Londoners story.«
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