Električni val

Tri svetovno znane surferke ponoči na umetnem valu plešejo koreografijo znamenitega režiserja glasbenih video spotov. Rezultat? Surfanje, kot ga še niste videli.

13.03.2020 Avtor: Audi Team  Fotografije: Arhiv Audi

Tri ženske v kopalkah stojijo in držijo surf deske

Filmski projekt Električni val je po letih priprav končno oživel. Futurističen ples na vodi, ki je videti, kot bi ga iz vesoljske prihodnosti poslali nazaj skozi čas, smo ob polnoči posneli stotine kilometrov stran od oceana. Tokrat se nismo posvetili surovi moči športnic in vode, na Električnem val plujemo precej globje. Surfanje poskušamo prikazati takšno, kot je: umetnost gibanja, ki jo porodi sodelovanje človeka in tekočine.

Napredna tehnologija ustvarja popolne valove

Električni val, ki ga ustvarja napredna tehnologija na Surf Ranchu, premika meje možnega v estetiki tega športa. Stotine metrov pred prižganimi kamerami v naraščajočo vzpetino vode z vso silo priplavajo tri silhuete. Postavijo se na svoje deske, elegantno zdrsnejo po strmini in se iz teme pojavijo v svetlobo. Stephanie Gilmore, Coco Ho in Leah Dawson – najbolj znane surferke sveta – so v tandemu jahale na popolnem valu.

Surfanje je dolgo veljalo za individualen šport. Električni val to postavlja na glavo, saj ga prikazuje kot sodelovanje. Kot je večer pred snemanjem rekla Leah Dawson, svetovno znana surferka in aktivistka, »o tem sem zelo dolgo sanjala; videti ženske, ki skupaj uživajo na valovih, ki znajo ogromno, ampak znajo na to tudi malce pozabiti in se preprosto prepustiti trenutku. V veliko veselje mi je bilo to deliti z mojima najljubšima surferkama na svetu.«

“We only create things that can become real in some form. The technology has to exist to make the concept feasible.”

Christian Bolognesi, Italdesign spokesman

The Pop.Up Next concept doesn’t herald a flying car per se, but a self-driving, self-flying, fully autonomous, electric-powered taxi. It’s designed to operate on a multi-mode principle. Two passengers sit in a capsule, which, for driving purposes, is attached to a four-wheel ground module that is also electric-powered and fully autonomous. For flight mode, the capsule is autonomously detached from the ground module, then attached to an eight-rotor air module or drone capable of vertical take-off.

Abstraktna slika ženske, ki plava pod gladino morja

Čarobni ples ob čistih zvokih

Kljub temu, da je glasba zelo enostavna, je ples nekaj zelo posebnega. V električni svetlobi luči vse tri plešejo tango na valovih. Za 'eno', kot je to poimenovala Coco Ho, pa je bilo potrebnega kar precej dela.

Kot je pojasnila Steph, so se dogovorile, da »sledimo vodji. Tista, ki je najbližje robu bazena ali na najširšem delu vala, kaže pot. Tista za njo ji sledi, tista za njima sledi obema. Če druga slalomira, lahko tretja križari v prostem slogu.« Nato pa doda: »to, da vse tri hkrati izvajamo iste gibe, je najbolj enostavno, verjetno pa se bomo nekajkrat zaletele.« Nekaj lažjih trčenj ni pokvarilo vzdušja na snemanju.

»Ta projekt je bil neke vrste skrivnostna čarovnija od trenutka, ko mi je agencija CONVICTS predstavila idejo. Nihče še nikoli ni osvetlil valov. Ko so luči posvetile na prvi val, po katerem so se nato spustile še tri neverjetne ženske, je bilo kot v pravljici,« pove Daniel Askill, režiser Električnega vala.

 

 

Režiser: Daniel Askill

Askill je eden najbolj uveljavljenih avstralskih art režiserjev, znan po svojih poetičnih glasbenih videospotih. Poleg vrste avantgardnih projektov, je režiral video za pesem Stupid Love Lady Gaga, ki je v celoti posnet na pametni telefon. Posnel je tudi večkrat nagrajeni video za Sio, v katerem nastopata Shia LeBeouf in Maddie. Do Električnega vala pa ni imel nikakršnih izkušenj s surferskimi filmi. S predvidljivimi električnimi valovi na Surf Ranchu, je lahko posnel ples treh surferk, ki bi bil v morju neizvedljiv.

 

On board with Angus

“The aeronautical-inspired seatsfeature netting that adjusts to each passenger’s shape.”

Nicolas Bussetti, Designer, Italdesign

The concept certainly appears cool and suitably futuristic, both from outside and inside the ultra-minimalist cabin. My details and my ‘journey’ have already been pre-registered on an app on my smartphone and, as I settle into the seat, I’m recognised and welcomed aboard by PIA, my speaking Personal Intelligent Assistant. The seats certainly feel comfortable, and, currently, there’s sufficient space behind them to hold a couple of small bags, although it’s possible the flying taxi will be smaller in size when it reaches production. The ‘dashboard’ in front of me is one large screen that incorporates augmented-reality technology and enables me to highlight icons simply by moving my eyes


By pressing on a small touchpad mounted between the seats, I can then choose the ambient-lighting theme I desire, and the type of music I wish to listen to through the speakers built into the headrests. Naturally, there is plenty of glass area to provide occupants with a fine view as they soar over the city, although the floor below my feet is not transparent – and deliberately so, as Nicolas points out: ‘We wanted to create an open environment that enables passengers to enjoy the experience, but we also wanted to ensure they felt safe and weren’t frightened.’

Trust is key

But how would I feel if I actually were in a real, electric battery-powered drone flight with no pilot in sight? ‘I’m sure people won’t trust an autonomous flying machine 100 per cent straight away – even though we already fly around the world in airliners on autopilot,’ Stefano Mancuso, the co-ordinator of Italdesign’s electric and electronic architecture project unit, tells me. ‘But by the time the flying taxi becomes a reality – say, by 2030 – we’ll all be very used to using autonomous cars. And, anyway, when the taxi’s in the air, there’ll always be human support at hand – there’ll always be someone passengers can talk to in a control centre who’ll be able to take remote control, if needs be.’ So, I invite an honest, quick-fire, one-word answer: would Stefano go up in the flying taxi? ‘Yes,’ comes the immediate reply. ‘I would. I won’t be on the first flight, though, as our CEO’s already signed up for that!’
Surfanje in ples sta si zelo podobna, oba zdramita nek divji ekstatičen del tebe.

Leah Dawson

Ženska pospravlja surf desko v Audi e-tron
Ženska pospravlja surf desko v Audi e-tron

Snemanje kratkega filma Električni val

Tri surferske legende in fotograf se z Audijem e-tronom odpravijo na kalifornijski Surf Ranch Kellyja Slaterja, ki je več kot sto kilometrov oddaljen od Tihega oceana.

Preberite več

The journey is the reward

The company has already conducted a flight in public, at Drone Week in Amsterdam last year – but using a 1:4 scale model. The flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously. This proved the effectiveness of the Airbus coupling system and its locking and latching functionality. The air module currently rests on legs to make docking easier, but it’s envisaged that such legs would not be required by the time the concept reaches production.

To make the project with full-sized versions viable, more powerful batteries than those that exist today would be required, and Airbus is currently working on developing such technology. Noise is another issue, and reduction of the high-pitched whirring familiar to anyone who has witnessed even a small drone in flight is being sought. Italdesign is working with Audi to develop battery and electric-motor technology for the ground module – an area in which Audi’s engineers have already proven highly competent, as the recent launch of the e-tron SUV testifies. Therefor an Audi engineer is also based with the Italdesign team in Italy.

Vrhunsko: surferski ranč Kellyja Slaterja

“Med surfanjem je telo videti naravno cool.”

Coco Ho

Surf Ranch so utopične sanje v kalifornijskem Leemoru, več kot 100 kilometrov oddaljene od Tihega oceana. Umetni val je visokotehnološka oaza sredi puščave, ki kar kliče pustolovce. 670 m dolg in 83 m širok bazen vsebuje skoraj 57 milijonov litrov klorirane in UV sterilizirane vode, valove pa oblikuje s pomočjo 100 tonske turbine, imenovane Voz. Stoji na 150 kamionskih pnevmatikah, s hitrostjo 30 m/h pa jo poganja elektromotor. Trajnosten futuristični izum svetovno znanega surferja Kellyja Slaterja je v popolnem sozvočju z zgodbo naših avtomobilov e-tron, zato bomo od leta 2020 uradni avtomobilski partner Surfer Rancha.

Ženska med surfanjem velikega vala ponoči
Ženska počiva na pol v vodi, na pol na surf deski. Ozadje je črno
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