Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Domestic Robocop

Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.

We came across Matsuda's film at the Art Institute of Chicago last month during a weekend getaway and finally found the time to share it! Matsuda created this film as part of his Masters of Architecture and portrays the 20th century in a digitally surreal manner.

"The architecture of the contemporary city is no longer simply about the physical space of buildings and landscape, more and more it is about the synthetic spaces created by the digital information that we collect, consume and organise; an immersive interface may become as much part of the world we inhabit as the buildings around us.

Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging technology defined by its ability to overlay physical space with information. It is part of a paradigm shift that succeeds Virtual Reality; instead of disembodied occupation of virtual worlds, the physical and virtual are seen together as a contiguous, layered and dynamic whole. It may lead to a world where media is indistinguishable from 'reality'. The spatial organisation of data has important implications for architecture, as we re-evaluate the city as an immersive human-computer interface."

And now for more forecasting fun, we'll compare Matsuda's vision of blurred physical and virtual lines for our 20th century with 1910's French artist Villemard's illustrations forecasting the year 2000:

- Heather