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 organize; an immersive interface may become as much part of the world we inhabit as the buildings around us.
Augmented (hyper)Reality is an ongoing independent research-by-design project by Keiichi Matsuda, exploring scenarios for our future occupation of the city in the context of emerging technologies and ubiquitous media. These emerging technologies can be grouped under the paradigm of Augmented Space, unified by their ability to overlay physical space with information. It is a paradigm that succeeds Virtual Reality; instead of disembodied occupation of virtual worlds, the physical and virtual are seen together as a contiguous, layered and dynamic reality. Augmented space disrupts the long established dichotomies of public/private and home/work embedded in the city, and calls for new terms to describe our inhabitation of it.
The hyper-real mediascapes of the future city are depicted in two award-winning short films, Domestic Robocop and Augmented City 3D, which will be presented alongside production drawings and a work-in-progress first glimpse at the next film in the series.
Designed to be provocative and polemical, the films provide a platform to build a debate around, and a counterpoint to the future utopias promoted by many tech companies. They explore the implications for privacy, identity and the construction of space in a dynamic mediascape, with wide-ranging consequences for the practice of everyday life.