Solarpunk is a literary movement within the science fiction genre that has been around since 2012 and has since gained in popularity. It is a statement about a future that we consider desirable and a counterbalance to the omnipresent resurgence of the dystopian visions of 80s cyberpunk in today’s blockbusters. Solarpunk propagates the responsible use of new technologies and at the same time a rebellion against deadlocked systems. It describes an optimistic future in which humanity learns to live in unison with the limited resources of our planet. Sustainable technological achievements play a role here, as do the necessary societal, social and political developments. Its stories combine renewable energy, artistic imagination and a connection with nature.
In the solarpunk genre, which so far consists mainly of short stories, there are links to illustration and concept art, just like in all science fiction genres. Syd Mead and Jean Giraud (better known as Moebius) are two of the most important neofuturistic illustrators, who as designers influenced generations of artists with their visual worlds in films such as Blade Runner, Alien and Tron.
In order to explore possible world views of the very young solarpunk movement following these examples, a Berlin-based strategic design firm, Ellery Studio, will work together with GUTS, a collective of illustrators with roots in Spain, IKEM - The Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility, TU Berlin and WindNODE to hold the “Solar Punk Festival SPF18 Berlin” from 27/08 to 07/09/2018, where scientists, futurists and artists will co-create sustainable visions and make them visually perceptible. The results of the two-week collaboration will then be made available to an interested audience as an exhibition.
In the scope of the Solar Punk Festival in Berlin, a new giant mural will be painted at Ferropolis between 31/08 and 02/09/2018.
The WindNODE project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, TU Berlin, IKEM and the Berlin creative agency Ellery Studio are working together to bring the illustrators of the Spanish artist collective GUTS from Madrid to Ferropolis via Berlin. In the “city of iron”, the illustrators will create an 8 by 12 metre large street art mural on the walls of the 30 kV station, which was the electric heart of the former strip mining operation by Golpa-Nord.