Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ocean Life by Klaus Bürgle (1960s)

Although I can't read the language, Retro-Futurismus has some great paleo-futuristic images, such as these from Klaus Bürgle.

See also:
Sealab 1994 (1973)
Man's Future Beneath the Sea (1968)
Undersea Cities (1954)
Hubert H. Humphrey's Year 2000 (1967)


Roguecnidarian said...


I did a rather rough translation of the text on the first page of that website--mostly because it was really cool and used words like "stary-eyed" (albeit in German).

"In the fifties and sixties of the last century, people thought about the future more optimistically than today, even though it was also the first time people heard the words 'Globalisation' and 'Climate Catastrophe.'

"The collective optimistic thought about scientific marvels and the fascination with the beginning of aerospace lent an importance to unfettered engineering and technology--and an advancement of the devoutness to the science and an understanding of the future.

" 'The World of Morgen' was heard in German-speaking lands and inspired applications of this vision from Klaus Buergle, Theo Laessig, and Kurt Roeschl.

"The applied copies reveal a starry-eyed future of humanity in a technological paradise on the earth and in space. The people would live peacefully together, the food demand would be met by the seas--and the power would come from Atomic power plants without any problems.

"In the fifties, the DDR also dreamed of the future--a future free of Viruses and with nuclear-aeroplanes and monorails showing up in cities. These pictures of the transit-systems of the DDR were made by Eberhard Binder-Stassfurt.

"This website would like to aid the thought and understanding and reevaluation of the guesses these artists made. Also when we look at criticism today of our audacious technology and our view of the future, we can see the craftsmanship these entrancing pictures hold for us."

Eoin O'Mahony said...

Thanks Steve, this is a great store of paleo-futurism

Ben said...

Just a couple clarifications to Steve's rough translation - "Morgen" in the third paragraph means "tomorrow." The "DDR" was the German Democratic Republic - the old East Germany.

Daniel said...

Great story!
Love the pictures!