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AUGMENTED CITY

Visit to a future city that exists between physical and virtual worlds.

THE WORLD:
BETWEEN DIMENSIONS OF REALITY

At what moment will virtual reality displace physical reality? Or is there a way to fully fuse the virtual with the physical to light the human spirit anew? How much of what we perceive is created and driven by technology? What in the physical world do we want to remain pristine, without influence from the virtual? Where is the most ideal position on the map?

Realities of Perception

THE STORY:
FIRST VISIT TO AN AUGMENTED CITY 

The tower in the distance pierces the sky with its light shining boldly through the dense air. My pack is filled with what any traveler would need in this transient world where the virtual and the physical interact every millisecond. Some changes are visible to my eye, while some are solely smelled, touched, or heard. This world is magnetized for the senses, yet I am not sure where to focus. Changing the channel on my contact lenses tunes this world to me.

With each step, the ground slightly retracts to then spring forward giving me an extra bounce to my step. I can walk faster here, jump higher, see more deeply, and hear exactly what I need to know at any given time. The lights are beautiful as they levitate giving structures here a new kind of skinless boundary that cannot be touched, just as the sounds I hear cannot be seen. The physical structures are a weighty backdrop to this woven fabric of light that awakens the city.

CREDITS

 
CONCEPT DESIGN, CONCEPT ART

Maria Lorena Lehman — MLL Design Lab

 
MEDIA TOOLS

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

 

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