Animator Geoffroy de Crécy created a series of short animated loops depicting how deserted spaces and abandoned automated landscapes, left to perpetually continue in their motions, would continue to live on. Focusing on the machines we have created to make our lives easier, the machines in their loops seem very obsolete, almost sad looking.
The rolling sushi counter presents us with a continuous flow of perfectly presented plates, waiting to be picked up by the absent customers. Elevators and escalators are plagued by cans that keep them going, whilst the ski lift moves in circles, waiting to transport someone to the untouched ski slopes. These empty places show just how we have defined the landscapes and how redundant they would become without us in it.
Matthias Gephart is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Berlin, Germany, who is revisiting his roots in graffiti in a project that incorporates his creative interests. He is always in search for abandoned spaces that held the unknown quality like empty houses or factories.
“Typography in urban space does not necessarily need to be limited to writing names on walls. I prefer to set the focus on an inter-action with the specific athmosphere of the environment and write a message, a poem or a dadaist info that suits the situation. Ruins of industrial architecture have shaped our landscapes – they seem to materialise as a melancholic victory over the idea of never-ending progress, but re-definition is just at hand.”
There is a lot to be said by the end of mall culture, but we couldn’t even say if it is fully over. It feels over, these pictures by Brian Ulrich suggests its over, and we haven’t really been to too many indoor malls in a longtime. We guess it is the notion that retail is over, America is sort of over (except without American retail, China will have to step up their own capitalist game), and we are stuck with Wal-Mart.