An exhibition was held in the autumn of work by North Korean propaganda artists depicting “the beautiful future” in Beijing. A collaboration between two westerners who had lived in China for 20 years – Nick Bonner of Koryo Tours and Dominic Johnson-Hill of Plastered 8 and selected North Korean artists from Pyongyang, the works were based on sketches that the two had made over the years and were given a utopian propaganda twist by the North Korean artists. It is like stepping back in time to the Maoist 1960′s but with modern buildings as the back-cloth.
“The artists are in a situation where they are painting things they’ve never seen before,” says Bonner, “which gives the images an even more unreal, dreamlike quality.”
A more interesting and less rose-tinted view of the future can be found here. Some are of the future era of Star Wars; others show potential advances in technology, what might happen with global warming and others, more sinister and worrying, if urban development and population growth continues out of control.