|© by smart / Photography Yuji Hamada|
smart URBAN STAGE is a global online project dealing with the term »FUTURE OF THE CITY«. »We ask pioneers from metropolises around the world to question the urban status quo.« The results are visions, ideas and solutions for sustainable lifestyles, modern social systems and forward-looking developments in the fields of architecture, design and technology. The worldwide event series is exhibiting ideas and solutions of forward thinking future makers. The brand behind this online project is the car manufacturer smart, which hosted special events throughout Europe during the last two years.
Now smart initiates the FUTURE OF THE CITY AWARD (with a final voting in January 2012). Within the 1st round »Month Of Photography« Canadian born and Berlin based electronic musician Peaches was requested to ask 8 photographers around the world: »What sounds will you create or play to help your urban farm grow?«
Urban farming is an increasingly important part of sustaining our future and taking control of what and how we eat. It is getting more and more difficult, especially in urban environments to obtain real fresh organic food. The 8 photographers were challenged by this topic and showed their vision of the future. One of the contributing artists is Yuji Hamada from Japan with his photo series Pulsar (seen above):
»›Plants might listen the sounds that we cannot listen.‹ This idea comes from my experience. When I closed my eyes under the sun, I still felt the sunlight before my eyes. I felt Sunlight is an essential element them to grow. Since then, I decided not to use any artificial lights and photograph the invisible light in our everyday life.« Yuji Hamada
All other contestants and their artistic work can be seen here. Now it is your turn to show them which one has done best. Vote for your favourite photographic work by clicking on the vote button. Voting ends November 1st! The two artists with the most votes will take part in the Final »Future of the City Award« voting inJanuary 2012.
FUTURE OF THE CITY Website