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DYSTOPIAN FUTURE BY SIMON STALENHAG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Swedish illustrator Simon Stålenhag depicts a uncomfortable collision of present and future where people much like us seem to confront a brave new technological reality. In his digital paintings children throw spears at terrifying drones, and people wander aimlessly in their yards while fully engrossed inside virtual reality helmets strapped to their heads, and sometimes there’s even a giant alien caterpillar.

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The artwork is impactful as a result of this juxtaposition between the harsh realities of life and the sci-fi technologies of our dreams.

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