“Immersive media allows us to visually and acoustically inhabit the virtual space and get along with others in a fully physical way. In doing so, it also poses a challenge to our everyday environments, as the virtual space we enter may have very little. in common with our living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens.The home will be for the experience of the virtual space, what the body is for the physical experience of architecture.Our bodies dictate what doors we can go through, what size our beds – and therefore our bedrooms must be, or how high a tread can be.In the same way, the size and decor of our home dictates where we can stand, sit, walk or reach in a virtual world (without teleportation or other ways of virtual As long as you choose to access virtual worlds from within the security of your privately owned property, your physical home will inevitably be the skeleton on which they operate. eprint into the virtual environments that you share with others, hybrids are formed that overlap formal and functional categories in unprecedented ways, thus challenging our social codes and rituals. That way, you reveal movement patterns that, if accumulated over time, will reveal your physical home and your habits. Inevitably, the way you choose to hide or reveal them will say just as much about you as your clothes do today. Together with others, you will create shared environments where you hang out, play and watch movies. You will co-decorate these environments and make them meaningful with colors, objects and patterns that may have just been built for the occasion or highly valued and preserved over time. And while building your virtual home, which is at once part of many others’ formed Venn Rooms *, are you contributing to the formation of the stateless ?, lawless ?, unowned? Global home. “
– Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, Space Popular, 2022
(Venn Room * was a term invented by Space Popular in 2019 to describe virtually overlapping domestic environments)
As part of Tomorrow Living – a major research project by the Huawei Milan Aesthetic Research Center that questions the ways of living in the homes of the future and the role that digital technology plays in the design of these spaces – the multidisciplinary study Space Popular responds to this inquiry through an immersive film that explores the future of virtual togetherness in the home. The movie with the title The global home presented at the Carlo Ratti-designed MEET Digital Culture Center, adding to the cohort of events at the ongoing Salone del Mobile. The film is the result of a community of people who regularly gather externally via immersive media, showcasing different scenarios for living in a future of mixed reality. From the interpretation of a shared bedroom where avatars fall asleep and wake up together to colleagues seeking privacy in the back alleys of the 3D software they work in, the scenes depict our everyday routines merging into a strange, virtual landscape.
“Our everyday lives are already superimposed by a wealth of digital enhancements and interactions. Immersive technology adds a third dimension to an already existing virtual layer. This means that what was once a matter of graphics / 2D design is now a matter of about spatial design / architecture / urbanism, ”states Lesmes and Hellberg in an official publication.
When we talk about living in the meta-verse, the Bangkok-based study shares that the use of the popular term may have been very confusing lately. The duo’s understanding of it, they add, is simply an immersive internet – “an internet with a third dimension”. With the notion that the home is the safest place on earth, one wonders whether the marriage of the immersive internet with our habitats would be appropriate at all in the first place. In response to this, Lesmes and Hellberg share it The global home is intended as a virtual collection space run by a small community that also maintains the servers where it is hosted, making it a secure space. ”
A few captivating scenes from The global home
The studio’s site – specific immersive experience is expected to excite visitors by teleporting them to an eccentric world where no boundaries exist. The exhibition can be seen in the Tomorrow Living exhibition from 7.-12. June at MEET in Milan.
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