humanscalecities:

The arrogance of space

Analysis by Mikael Colville-Andersen

prostheticknowledge:

To Be Reproduced

Interactive installation by Bram Snijders puts the viewer into a virtual room and moves according to their viewpoint - video embedded below:

To Be Reproduced is an interactive video installation that revisits the classic painting Not to be Reproduced a work made in 1937 by the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. The installation reflects on the pervasiveness of virtual spaces that have become an integral part of our daily social lives, and the way data traces are used to build sophisticated reproductions of the user.

In To Be Reproduced the viewer enters a hybrid space where the physical and the virtual world are closely intertwined. Positioned in front of the mirroring plane the viewer is enveloped in a virtual space where it meets a faceless digital reproduction of itself. As other participants are mirrored correctly the viewer takes on the role of the person depicted in Magritte’s painting.

This uncanny representation of the faceless user in a graphical point cloud refers to the voyeuristic nature of modern communication culture and to the data traces that are used to generate sophisticated consumer profiles. Instead of depicting people by mimicking nature, models are in-formed by analyzing metadata.

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prostheticknowledge:

StreetView Pointcloud On Oculus Rift

Proof-of-concept demo by Graham Reeves shows how depth data captured in Google Maps can be applied in a virtual reality experience - video embedded below:

I took google street view + depth data + oculus rest + three.js and made a rift compatible point cloud viewer …

… replace Lat/Lon with your own destination… this is just a good example, edges of buildings work well :)

It is nowhere near a finished user-friendly experience but does show potential where the Street View experience could go to in the future.

A link to the illustrated position can be found here (you can change the location with different coordinates in the url)

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madddscience:

An underwater atomic city from the 50s.
via Ultra Swank

madddscience:

An underwater atomic city from the 50s.

via Ultra Swank

(via vintagefuture)

jellobiafrasays:

pamphlets from the understanding the atom series (1964-1968 eds.)

(via freshphotons)

americanroads:

Abandoned development siteSleep Hollow, NY

americanroads:

Abandoned development site
Sleep Hollow, NY

Catherine Bushe, Dun Briste Sea-stack

Catherine Bushe, Dun Briste Sea-stack

(Source: theshallowdepths)

mpdrolet:

From Phantom Shanghai
Greg Girard

mpdrolet:

From Phantom Shanghai

Greg Girard

catrinastewart:

The Jantar Mantar is a collection of astronomical instruments, built by king Sawai Jai Singh in Jaipur, India between 1727-1734.

 “The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars’ location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. Each is a fixed and ‘focused’ tool. The Samrat Yantra, the largest instrument, is 90 feet (27 m) high, its shadow carefully plotted to tell the time of day. Its face is angled at 27 degrees, the latitude of Jaipur. The Hindu chhatri (small cupola) on top is used as a platform for announcing eclipses and the arrival of monsoons.” Wikipedia

This is the first thing
I have understood:
Time is the echo of an axe
With a wood.
Philip Larkin, “This is the first thing,” from Collected Poems (The Marvell Press, 1988)

(Source: apoetreflects)

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icancauseaconstellation:

Fake Gioconde
Guy Isnard, one of the first police officials to specialize in art forgeries, curating an exhibition of fakes at the Grand Palais, Paris, 1955.
Photo by Robert Cohen (via)

icancauseaconstellation:

Fake Gioconde

Guy Isnard, one of the first police officials to specialize in art forgeries, curating an exhibition of fakes at the Grand Palais, Paris, 1955.

Photo by Robert Cohen (via)

(Source: emigrejukebox)