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AntiVJ Unveils A Bleak Dystopic "Imaginary World City"

Cityscape 2095 is an audiovisual installation from AntiVJ that depicts an imaginary world city that’s less than heavenly. It’s the result of a collaboration between graphic designer turned animator, AntiVJ cofounder Yannick Jacquet, aka Legoman, and Marc Ferrario, aka Mandril, a French draftsman and cartoonist.

This rather bleak fantasy metropolis was inspired by a pessimistic dystopian vision of urban life in the future—one saturated with neon signs and gaudy ads, drenched in dull, artificial light that’s dense, chaotic, and disorienting. Legoman describes his imaginary city on his website:

This installation, using a mix of drawings, video projections, and sound, shows the passing of a day in an imaginary city in fast forward. Cityscape 2095 puts the spectator at the summit of a tower facing the horizon. The design of this imaginary city is marked by numerous architectural influences, making it both familiar, yet impossible to localize. The sound design created by Thomas Vaquié reinforces this disturbing strangeness.

Cityscape 2095 cleverly crosses techniques that clash between new and old, like 3D animation and drawing. The result is a fluid and intriguing journey that conjures memories of cyberpunk literature and movies from the 80s and 90s.

In the above video, Legoman and Mandril discuss the origin of their collaboration and the genesis of their imaginary city, and the video below offers a preview of the viewing experience.

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