Ryota Matsumoto
The Indistinct Notion of an Object Trajectory

This series of work revolves around common themes that are built on the mythology of future cities with emphasis on the socio-cultural aspects of innovation, resources and planning processes.

The wide range of web-based compositional techniques are employed to envision the potential scenarios of smart cities of the post-human age. The clusters of bio-based phase-shifting cellular structures enveloped in tactile membranes with tentacle-like sensory systems are dominant components of urban tissues that constantly self-organize and cross-fertilize to replicate semi-living urban agglomerations in perpetual motion. They are autonomous, organic entities that regulate their internal environments through the combination of artificial photosynthesis and biofuels. They maintain homeostasis within their own adapted ecosystems, while simultaneously living in symbiosis with pre-existing nature and infrastructure. These biomimetic agents can reconfigure and expand through pre-programmed mutation and somatic cell division in order to meet ever-changing programmatic and economic needs. As time passes, they outgrow the ravaged cities of the past and replace abandoned and dilapidated buildings with their biologically driven multiplying structures. Consequently, the myriad of emerging biotechnologies blur and undermine the fundamental distinction between the natural and the artificial in the visionary cityscape of speculative urbanism. Matsumoto’s work reflects the morphological transformations of our ever-evolving urban and ecological milieus that are attributed to a multitude of spatio-temporal phenomena influenced by social, economic and cultural factors. They are created as visual commentaries on speculative changes in notions of socities, cultures and ecosystems in the transient nature of constantly shifting topography and geology. The artworks explore the hybrid technique combining both traditional media (ink, acrylic, and graphite) and digital media (algorithmic processing, parametric modeling, data transcoding and image compositing with custom software ). The varying scale, juxtaposition of biomorphic forms, intertwined textures, oblique projections and visual metamorphoses are employed as the multi-layered drawing methodologies to question and investigate the ubiquitous nature of urban meta-morphology, the eco-political reality of the Anthropocene epoch, the advancement of biomaterial technologies and their visual representation in the context of non-Euclidean configuration. Furthermore, the application of these techniques allow the work to transcend the boundaries between analog and digital media as well as between two- and multi-dimensional domains. His compositional techniques imbue the work with what we see as the very essence of our socio-cultural environments beyond the conventional protocols of architectural and artistic formalities, and that they conjure up the synthetic possibilities within which the spatial and temporal variations of existing spatial semiotics emerge as the potential products of alchemical procedures.