Gallery 2116

Science fiction becomes reality

The theme “Mobility of the future” is a complex and multilayered one. To discuss it demands both analytical skill and imagination. As part of the “Gallery 2116” project, a number of famous illustrators showcase their ideas for mobility in the next 100 years. The result, presented in an exclusive three-part series for BMW Magazine digital, is a portfolio of possibilities. Not everything that moves has to have four wheels. Sometimes all you need is a mind – for example that of Brian Rea, La Boca or Douglas Bowden.

Hendrik Lakeberg

Brian Rea, „Untitled“

Any answer to the question about how the future of the world, and of transportation in particular, will turn out can of course never be more than vague supposition. However, the great thing about seeking such an answer is that we can imagine the future in any way we would like it to be. That is what Brian Rea has done in his work “Untitled”. For him, mobility is far more an exchange of cultures, technologies and ideas than simply the transporting of people and objects. “I’m sure we will be dealing with an interesting cultural landscape,” says Rea. And that is exactly what he has drawn in his picture: a playful, multilayered and lively scenario that we would like to inhabit.

La Boca, „Hyperloop“

The “Hyperloop” is designed as a kind of underground tube in which passengers travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in capsules drawn along at high speed by vacuum suction. What sounds like a science fiction fantasy is meant as a serious alternative to the planned high-speed train which will link California’s two biggest cities. The La Boca design studio in London has taken its inspiration from this project. The result is not the blueprint for a mode of transport, but a playful piece of graphic art which, when you look at it, gives you the sense of being drawn into another dimension. La Boca aims to tell us what the cheerful play of colour in the graphic already suggests: when imagining the future, it is important to overcome intellectual barriers. For who knows, what today still sounds like science fiction may very soon become reality.

Douglas Bowden, „Contour“

The creativity of a designer may draw on a vast range of inspirational sources. Yet nature itself is probably the most significant and most widespread of all, which is why Douglas Bowden’s work “Contour” also turns to it. At first glance, his highly allusive graphic resembles a delicate sculpture in which a vehicle is enclosed by two abstract, high-tech wings. In this way Bowden merges the world of technology with that of nature. The message: in the future, flora and fauna, civilisation, mobility and technology will engage in a dialogue which will remove the boundaries between these supposedly conflicting spheres.