In a message dated 9/23/1999 1:43:13 AM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< If those Sprite ads had aired ten years ago, the audience might not have
understood what they were seeing. But today's audiences are more culturally
literate - the kids in Iowa who watch MTV probably have at least a glancing
familiarity with Anime, Jackie Chan and Tupac Shakur that makes the
synthesis more comprehensible to them.
I liked this post.
Anime in general has many mixed technology-organic themes, which is one of the reasons why I love it so much. Thinking about it now: so does hip-hop (though much of it involved mixing human voice with prerecorded organic sound). Mixing genres, is of course, nothing new to pop culture.
One of the reasons why I didn't have much to say regarding those posts about "NY gallery scenes" -- was I am in no way interested in "hi-brow" ( at least in the visual art scene). I watch pop culture much more closely.
As I researched architecture for a future cities I found not much else except Syd Mead and anime. And comix. And the occasional SF book cover. Oh yeah- and the Fifth Element book ( fremnch edition).
I was forced to go to material that dealt with industrial design and organic architecture, two fields which utilize the latest materials in creating their art forms.
As materials become less rigid, designs are becoming more and more *organic*
i.e.: curved & colorful - as opposed to boxy, black, darth vader like
squares of the retro-future.
( PS if anyone has good references for images that deal with what a city might look like after nan - let me know)