Synthetic Landscapes work and OPUS exhibition, Sharjah

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Urbanism in the region has a remarkable precedent. New technologies of communication and transmission of imagery have brought about dramatic morphological changes. This form of urbanization also shows a preoccupation with the fabrication of an image but also can be infrastructural and performative in terms of efficiency and adaptation. Coastal necklace settlements, sand and silicone, pixelated patterns, landscape and render farms, fractal and parametric formations, simulated SimCities, dynamic formations, master plans and speculative developments are now projecting new satellite urbanisms. In effect digital imagery and technology is shaping the future of cities. The generation of form follows a process in which geometry, coded with material behavior, becomes responsive to fields of influence, physical forces and environmental dynamics. We are now planning and designing cities by gazing down on the action from heavens. After all we are all nomads inhabiting an image. This new complexity results in formations of hybrid systems, entropic landscapes, scripted cartographies, simulated grottoes and baroque ecologies. The figurative object and the backdrop are fused into one layer of multiple spatial conditions. It is a zone.

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above: example of a synthetic landscape

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above images: casting sand using a robot arm, project by Talin in George’s studio

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above images: memory machine, project by Kelly in George’s studio

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above: work in George’s studio , January 2011

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above: project by Maryam in George’s studio

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above: project by Mohammed in George’s studio

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above: project by Mona in George’s studio

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above: project by Romaissa in George’s studio

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above images: scripted landscapes by George

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