“For I dipped into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.” - Alfred Lord Tennyson
Volkswagen is pleased to present Accelerated Futurescapes, a groundbreaking exhibition of NFT art presented in a virtual gallery, curated by Filamen in collaboration with No-to-scale*. Inspired by the Volkswagen Arteon R-Line, Accelerated Futurescapes offers a digital exploration of the relationship between the car and imagined spatial futures, oscillating between abstract and fictional imagery.
The exhibition features unique NFT artworks by Jason Choo and Syed Muhammad, whose work together presents an otherworldly take on the Arteon R-Line, conjuring up visions of the future inspired by the car. Taking cues from Arteon's design profile to the sounds of its engine, the artists took these features and pushed them evenfurther in creating their artworks.
Syed's work revolves around the themes of ‘energy’ and ‘motion', manifested into anoscillating landscape of particles that ebbs and flows. Though digital, it mirrors natural phenomena such as waves on the ocean surface —mesmerising pieces that hint at poetics within an unseen technological framework. Where Syed's work is more concerned with abstracted notions of unseen forces at play, Jason, on the other hand, deals with fictional imagery. His interest lies in spatially visualising the performative aspects of the car, and his work imagines worlds in which we can inhabit.
Using themes such as 'life' and 'flight' to represent Arteon's intangible dimensions, Jason's work acts as a mediator between him and the audience, relaying the artist's emotions of experiencing the Arteon.
Both artworks by the artists are distinct visions translated from the Arteon. It exemplifies a car beyond just a vehicle. Fully aware that at the heart of the experience, it is all about expressing human emotions. Accelerated Futurescapes will be live to collectors worldwide in October via Pentas, a Malaysian NFT platform built on the Binance blockchain.
Jason Choo is a 3D artist whose foray into the creative field was sparked by witnessing the majestic CGI dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. Jason carved his expertise in 3D animation, beginning in film and advertising before venturing into the world of gaming visualizations as a cinematic artist while occasionally exploring 3d modeling and motion design on the side. Fictional imagery and abstraction of the natural world are the main themes in his works. Often creating worlds with a distinct atmosphere, Jason hopes to portray beauty through small details within his work. The NFT space is a new frontier that allows Jason to push his visuals to new crowds, along the way testing new methods and techniques of visual storytelling.
“River Calm”, 2021
“The Last of Us”, 2020
Artwork Title: ‘Mothership’ - One with Sentience
Desc: An other worldly sentience connected with the driver through the beacon, its pulsating heart.
Artwork Title: ‘Navigator’ - The Uncharted/Written
Desc: A journey through space & time, charting for new courses as it ascends through unknown territory.
Syed Muhammad is a visual designer who continuously seeks to apply his design knowledge to new mediums. He is fascinated with the interplay of light, projection mapping, live visuals and explores this through various multimedia-making techniques. Often incorporating sound and visual motion into his works demonstrated through projects which involve projection mapping & live visual performances. Syed’s work has been shown at Istana Budaya, Urbanscape, Festival Bando Johor, Sunway University, etc.
SILAU MAYA x KUANTUM, Cloud Theatre, KL Malaysia, 2020
Visual performing Ella "Unplugged” at Istana Budaya. 2019
"Disconnect” for Immersio 3.0, Urbanscapes, Kuala Lumpur. 2019
Visual performing in #AVAI show!! at Urbanscape. 2019
Volkswagon Passat Cinematic Ad. 2018
1-Minute Projection Mapping in Palace Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan. 2018
"Paras Bunyi” show at Urbanscape. 2017
Artwork Title: ‘Formative Flow’ (Design) Desc: Particle flow emanating from the front profile of the Arteon. A curve, a line, a curvature in space and time.
Artwork Title: ’Rev/Play’ (Performance) Desc: A performance in human-machine relationships. From pedal to exhilaration.