Radically Optimistic. Speculatively Pragmatic. Est. 2008
Future Parfait is an art project that imagines the evolution of a radically optimistic possible future for global civilization starting from the conditions of the present.
The Three Ecologies of Future Parfait
Urbiomes are densely inhabited ecologically integrated, equitable living machines for humans and all of their urban companions. They are designed to exist in harmony with local earth systems and host a wide range of civic niches.
Explore life in the urbiome and the world of homo sapiens ananda, a speculative sub-species of human, with Lodar and his friends as they thrive in an ever evolving culture.
The communal dreamtime of homo sapiens ananda. A playground for the healthy subconscious of a eutopian society.
A radically optimistic vision
of a benevolent civic structure
that has evolved to enable all of its inhabitants,
human and otherwise,
It is the year 2220, about 170 years after a Global Green New Deal paved the way for an extensive retooling and restructuring of human civilization into an equitable culture that respects the environmental boundaries of the planet.
The DWW (Detroit-Windsor-Waawiyaataanong) Urbiome is a vast ecologically integrated metropolis situated on the Detroit River in the Southern Great Lakes Forests Ecoregion.
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World-building notes for Jewel of the Boreal, panel 11: “City of Art and Science”
Members of Central Shield Civic Corps conduct the operation of construction A.N.T.s (Autonomous Networked Things) as they repair a carbon capture coil near Superior City. The line between work and play is at best a fuzzy affair in Central Shield. Every citizen is expected to participate as a member of the Central Shield’s Civic Corps. Duties run the range from simple park maintenance to more complicated activities like construction and engineering of the megastructures. In … >> read more
Welcome to Dee Double Dub
Two online workshops coming up for Dee Double Dub, one at the Science Gallery in Detroi and one at Subtle Technologies in Toronto. Catch both online!
“Jewel of the Boreal”, an illustration of a sunset view over one of the bays of the futuristic city of Central Shield
When we invent the future, the most important thing is to capture is the feeling so that we can make a connection to that time space and then climb up and forward just like a mountain climber who uses safety ropes on a sheer cliff wall. So what is it like to live in the future, in Central Shield? The animated gif cartoon above was created by taking vignettes from one of Marc’s latest panoramic … >> read more
Heading to work in Future Parfait
Fur suit, fur helmet, and air bike ready on the terrace of a cliff residence. An early sketch from Marc in the Lodar storyline.
Return to Toronto
Return to Toronto was created for inclusion in the anthology GreenTOpia, published by Coachhouse Press, Toronto. It was also exhibited at the Ecocity World Summit 2008 in San Francisco, USA. (www.ecocityworldsummit.org) Read more about the ideas behind the images over at Project Hieroglyph.
Lodar and His Bubblecar
A sequence from a story that follows Lodar, a regular guy in a eutopian future, as he goes about a typical day. I am currently writing the script and designing the world.
Lodar Instructing Putti
Here is another scene from the Lodar story.