With its cult of corruption, squealing media hysteria, myopic surveillance and the ripe stench of political totalitarianism, dystopia has arrived, the flailing prelude to an apocalyptic oblivion.
Long a sci-fi darling, dressed up in a dread and brooding oppression, dystopia has always fed our collective imagination. But that brave new world is no longer a future projection. It is reality.
It’s a story of them and us, of controlling regimes and manipulated masses, cultural blueprints that clank with chains of sobriety. Their vision for society’s dank mediocrity is stage-managed by the strobing blink of a thousand neon yells; countless updates mould a perilous landscape in data-mapping madness, and the cult of celebrity shames our selfie-esteem with its virulent narcissism.
Art, installation, live music and a general sense of disquiet, Dystopia at Tortuga Studios (Friday August 19th, 6-9pm) promises to be a long-overdue commentary on oppression and rank hypocrisy, laced with salacious indecency and crochet. Featuring the work of the following artists (in no particular order):
Alien Proof Construction
Alice de Groot
LuLu C Smith
AWOL monk @BAA TV
Ganbold Gawaa Lundaa
Nikko is Rad
Opening night: August 19th, 6-9pm
Exhibition runs August 20th-August 26th, by appointment