© by smart / Design Aram Dikiciyan
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 allrounder Marcelo Burlon asked photographer Aram Dikiciyan: »How would a city look like without concrete?« His answer: A city without concrete is bathed in light.«
Burlon: »A few years ago I was in the north of Brazil, in a little village called Jericoacoara and then I moved to Praia de Pipa. In this time the streets were made out of sand and all the little houses were out of wood. All was full of trees and the atmosphere during the evening is something really unbelievable. I imagined a city a hundred times bigger than this little village with the same concept. Imagine how the summer will be without all that concrete. How the kids will grow up and the older people will enjoy their last years.«
Dikiciyan: »Throughout the life over there he found that things are generally rather unpredictable but definitely either interesting to thrilling or surprising to wondrous thus a little predictable then again. He dealt with the inconceivable which allowed him to catch a glimpse of what he called then the futurity of his own: Fragments of what could be or how it could look like. He never knew exactly what it was but it provided an insight into what could have been. So what would he have imagined about tomorrow? Life to consist of dark days and bright nights? Or rather bright days and blinding nights? Reflective surfaces, glowing and pumping? Intermittent pulsating conducting the rhythm of time? Busy veins but orderly? Kindness? Goodness? Awkwardness? Frequent beauty?«
Aram Dikiciyan was born in 1974 in West-Berlin. He moved to Tokyo in 2004, where he has been resident ever since. Exhibitions of his work have been held in Tokyo, Berlin and Hong Kong. He has been represented by Berlin Gallery Camera Work since 2008.
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