© by smart / Design Matthew Dolan
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 the smart urban stage editorial team asked UK based Illustrator Matthew Dolan: »What will the future of your city look like?«
smart: »Imagining future turns all of us into Science Fiction authors. We’re thinking of enormous scyscrapers, flying cars and robot dogs that take themselves out for a walk. But natuarlly we’re also thinking about food, energy and transportation. Reams of futuristic scenarios can be made up by a human mind and no limits are set to our immagination. The result are numerous parallel universes all coming together to one as time passes by.«
Dolan: »Most people have an idea as to what the future will look like. These ideas often differ depending on age and experience. My concept for the animation was to interview lots of different people of different ages and backgrounds about what their ›Future City‹ will look and feel like. The answers would then be cut down into quick soundbites and then edited together in such a way to demonstrate how our visions are both shared and contradicted by others. The animation was then tasked with the job of keeping up with this ever changing and evolving narrative. Morphing continuously from one idea to another to often comical effect.«
Matthew Dolan studied fine art at Liverpool John Moores University. Specialising in illustration, model making and animation. Based in Liverpool, UK he has worked on various animated internet viral animations for North Londonshire and Smartcar. Music video animations include Eugene Mcguinness – (Monsters Under the Bed), The Wombats (Let’s Dance to Joy Division), Voo — (Do We Go Now?), Puzzle – (Song About Someone), The Go!Team, Katzenjammer (I Will Dance)
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