JHB Live Sci-fi Art Interview

Meet Riyahd Cassiem, digital artist and co-founder of the Eight Bit Octopus creative studio.
JHBLive: Have you created this art for anything specific?
RC: Most of these images were created with no specific brief from any source, but were a collection of my current moods and state of mind over the last few years. I drew the images from experience in my day to day life, whether that’s a beautiful young woman or partially subconscious thoughts.

JHBLive: How does Joburg relate to your creations?
RC: The city has had a profound influence on me. I have been creating art around a post-apocalyptic theme with Joburg and its inner city incorporated into the project (see Notes on a dying city below). I have also contributed to Joburg city concept art for some local sci-fi projects and internal studio projects.

JHBLive: Your art is quite dark – are you working towards some kind of apocalyptic theme, or do you just like it (life) that way?   
RC: The fantasy and science fiction I was exposed to as a child had a profound effect on my art. Films like Aliens, Blade Runner, Predator, Akira, and Terminator hit my imagination. Particularly the dark and gloomy sequences and the underlying currents of horror within a distant future.

The post-apocalyptic theme is a cultural progression of theses trying times we live in – it combines the likelihood of weapons of mass destruction being at the disposal of most nations and the inherent culture of apathy of most humans toward conservation and pollution of the planet.
Yet, I’m still optimistic with regards to the future of the planet and technology and try to balance my art by also seeing the beauty in the world.

The post-apocalyptic theme is a cultural progression of theses trying times we live in – it combines the likelihood of weapons of mass destruction being at the disposal of most nations and the inherent culture of apathy of most humans toward conservation and pollution of the planet.
Yet, I’m still optimistic with regards to the future of the planet and technology and try to balance my art by also seeing the beauty in the world.

The post-apocalyptic theme is a cultural progression of theses trying times we live in – it combines the likelihood of weapons of mass destruction being at the disposal of most nations and the inherent culture of apathy of most humans toward conservation and pollution of the planet.
Yet, I’m still optimistic with regards to the future of the planet and technology and try to balance my art by also seeing the beauty in the world.


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