Next we turn Sci-Fi-O-Rama up to eleven and present a retina-searing selection of art from Brazilian graphic and street art duo Douglas de Castro and Renato Reno, better known as Bicicleta sem Freio.
‘Bicicleta sem Freio’ is Portuguese for “bicycle without brakes” and it’s an apt moniker for a style that jams the visual cortex with a chaotic barrage of psychedelic illustration and design. Beautiful girls, 80s dogtooth patterns and disassembled bodies are woven through hard geometric shapes and rendered in a highly saturated palette, carefully chosen for maximum punch and underscored with a quirky sense of humour.
Sci-Fi-O-Rama returns with the second installment of “A Colour Like Orange: Stories from a Broken World“, a series of interlocked stories from Toronto writer CG Inglis.
This month’s story delves into the mysterious Institute for Applied Research, where a young woman agrees to take part in a clinical trial to treat her chronic anxiety. When the treatment moves beyond anything she could have expected, she will find herself tested to the very core of her being.
Read on to find out what awaits her in “Clinical Trial“.
Sci-Fi-O-Rama presents Landsat false-colour composite photographs from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) archives. All images are selections from the USGS Landsat series ‘Earth as Art‘.
What is Landsat? Well, the clue is in the name. The Landsat program is a series of Earth-imaging satellites, jointly operated by USGS and NASA. Now on its 8th generation of satellites, the program dates back to 1972 with the launch of Landsat 1. Imagery produced by Landsat is used to study a multitude of topics; disaster relief, forestry conservation, glacial retreat and agricultural forecasting to name only a few.
Starting his career as an architectural historian, Belgian artist and photographer Filip Dujardin has used his knowledge of contemporary vernacular architecture to create a body of remarkable speculative works. Reassembling everyday weathered elements of the contemporary built environment using photo-collage and rendering techniques, Dujardin builds edifices that look both ordinary and utterly impossible.
The Sci-Fi-O-Rama team is excited to be taking the site in a new direction with our first foray into original fiction!
Over the coming year, we will be presenting “A Colour Like Orange: Stories from a Broken World“, a monthly series of interlocked stories from Toronto writer CG Inglis.
Riding the edge between gritty realism and vivid speculation, CG’s stories take us to a world much like our own, but with the boundaries of reality wearing thin. Strange forces slip into the world through the cracks, and otherwise ordinary people find their lives drastically changed as they slip out. At the crux of it all is a mysterious substance called “powder” and the powerful Institute of Applied Research which strives to understand and harness its potential.
Combining elements of cyberpunk, psychedelia, and psychological horror, CG Inglis has created a work that we found arresting and stylish – a great match for the aspirations of this site!
Without further ado, we proudly present the first instalment of the series, “A Colour Like Orange“.
After a 7-year hiatus, Sci-Fi-O-Rama is back on Spotify with new playlists!
First up, Ben has curated a wide-ranging selection of recent electronic music for your headphones. Pairing a gloomy, glitchy atmosphere with some moments of lush beauty, Ben is gunning for dystopian but danceable with this 30 track, 2 hour list.
Listen to it here:
SFOR2018: Ben Selects