"what are you going to do with a degree in english?" [begins to scream and die a bit inside] [pauses to appreciate that iambic pentameter]
Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!
Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics.
A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.
With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!
Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.
So here are some buzz words~
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!
Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction! Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?
(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))
i am so into this wow
sign me the fuck up
I want a solarpunk future. *_*
SOLARPUNK OH MY GODDDDDD i love it
CURVY ORGANIC LINES, REFLECT NATURE, FLORALS VEGETATION, UGHHHH I WANT IT
OH MAH GOODNESS <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
i have a lot of feelings about this but i need to sleep soon and can’t articulate them properly.
This sounds a bit more like solarpleasant than solarpunk.
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
― Pablo Picasso
I really don’t like the narrative this portrays. Because his life wasn’t a straightforward “started out realistic then got progressively more abstract over 70 years.”
Look at this:
This is The Poet, from 1910, when he was 29. Mentally place it between the 29 year old painting and the 49 year old painting.
That’s his Mother and Child, from 1923, when he was in his 40s.
This is his Three Musicians, from 1921.
Do you see the problem? When we don’t cherry-pick the paintings, we see that Picasso’s art evolved in a way less straightforward way. Some periods were more realistic than others. Some periods in themselves vary in how abstract they are.
I get that the quote is insanely popular, and this narrative is a really quick and easy way to defend the value of abstract art, but that doesn’t make it true.