Y2.200K

Y2.200K

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Dimis Michaelides imagines a future in which technology has broken down the language barrier, and the inspired combination of text and image in Y2.200K invites you to experience what that might feel like. It is enhanced intuition. It kick-starts a telepathic connection, and as you read you find your imagination at play in totally unexpected ways.

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Artist: Umit Inatci more info

 

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Dimis Michaelides imagines a future in which technology has broken down the language barrier, and the inspired combination of text and image in Y2.200K invites you to experience what that might feel like. It is enhanced intuition. It kick-starts a telepathic connection, and as you read you find your imagination at play in totally unexpected ways.

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Umit Inatci

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Dimis Michaelides imagines a future in which technology has broken down the language barrier, and the inspired combination of text and image in Y2.200K invites you to experience what that might feel like. It is enhanced intuition. It kick-starts a telepathic connection, and as you read you find your imagination at play in totally unexpected ways.

The game begins where Sid Meier´s Civilisation ends, with the blast-off of the mission to colonize space, and then projects 200 years of future events. It’s a laconic parable about the limits of scientific leadership that charts the accelerated evolution of the human race, given a new-found mastery of genetics, quantum physics, and space travel.

Alongside, Umit İntaci takes the aboriginal dot-painting on a trip to Alpha Centauri. The images don’t illustrate the text so much as absorb it, re-programme it and send it back as messages told from afar, from way out on the other side of the brain. The story is full of horror – a full-blown nuclear war, the dismemberment of dissidence and the absolute dictatorship of self-appointed virtue – and yet the images appear to have known all this in advance and just carry on along their own serene flight-path. Until, when the brave new world is not achieved and all is cast in doubt, in the midst of the mash-up of cuneiform and cosmic map there is suddenly the signature of something else, something that is simultaneously old and new. An albino aboriginal fetish, a sinister Aztec lizard…

With deft minimalism, Y2.200K pushes at the conceptual boundaries of abstraction and sci-fi, and the partnership enriches both. That the authors come from either side of a divided island is heart-warming. They set themselves the task of making ‘Peace on Earth. Unconditionally.’ Is this a peculiarly Cypriot wish-fulfillment? Perhaps… but it is a cautionary tale. The wisest and the most chilling aspect of the whole adventure is that, despite their exuberance and in their parallel way, they both doubt the purity of the very utopia that they draw in crisp and seductive outline.

Angus Reid, artist and author