art Exhibition

MO2049 – Sci-fi Works by Ricardo Lima

Taipa Village Cultural Association exclusively presents the first sci-fi works exhibition entitled “MO2049” presented by Portuguese concept artist and illustrator Ricardo Lima.

This exhibition is inspired by worlds created in sci-fi films, namely Blade Runner (1982), Akira (1988), Total Recall (1990), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Fifth Element (1997) and Dredd (2012).  Ricardo Lima has taken this opportunity to develop a personal project using Macau, a place he has never visited before, as the backdrop for a film viewed through a dystopian lens. Lima’s science fiction narrative depicts the relationship between megacities and mother nature as the cycle of change accelerates towards an anthropogenic future.

 

Curator’s Statement 

By way of introduction, it is rather unusual to exhibit concept artwork in a gallery. Concept art tends to be confined to the film industry and more recently it has grown exponentially in shaping the video game industry. This exhibition is inspired by worlds created in sci-fi films, namely Blade Runner (1982), Akira (1988), Total Recall (1990), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Fifth Element (1997) and Dredd (2012).

Ricardo Lima has taken this invitation as an opportunity to develop a personal project using Macau, a place he has never visited before, as the backdrop for a film viewed through a dystopian lens. Lima’s science fiction narrative depicts the relationship between megacities and mother nature as the cycle of change accelerates towards an anthropogenic future. In doing so, the body of work presented explores realistic visions of potential environments that captured his imagination, such as the port area and sea wall, remnants of the past, immersive public space and the market of delicacies.

In this glimpse of the near future, Macau is turned into a generic megacity similar to New York, Shanghai or Hong Kong, i.e. globalized, hyper-dense, multilayered, dominated by urban infrastructure and flooded with water. The Ruins of St. Paul’s is reduced to a huge frivolous hologram and backdrop for an open-air night market. The only scent of colonial memory that remains is in the sale of egg tarts from a floating tavern. The Grand Lisboa Casino is the setting for a downtown docking area where yachts and sampans meet to load and unload merchandise and commuters.

Each artwork overlays two different images and is printed with a diffraction grating, a high-tech optical device that separates light into its constituent colors producing polychromatic spectra. As a result, this medium enhances the futuristic vision and animates the captured environment with a sense of change and dynamism.

João Ó

 

About Ricardo Lima 

The constant desire of bringing new worlds to life.” Ricardo Lima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricardo Lima is a concept artist and illustrator working for the entertainment industry. He graduated in drawing by the Academy of Fine Arts in Lisbon, and later went to Singapore where he studied at Feng Zhu School of Design. After finishing his studies, Ricardo went back to Portugal and started freelancing. Most recently he worked with Eidos Montreal for the title “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” and he is now part of One Pixel Brush team.

 

 

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  • Opening Hours

    12 pm – 8 pm

  • Location

    No, 10, Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa, Macau

    Phone

    +853 2857 6118
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