Augmented reality is essentially responding to our need to mould space, it is giving us the capacity to view our digital experiences as valid counterparts that have the right to exist within our physical environment.
Technologies such as AR give us the capacity to occupy space in ways that can ultimately change our perception and experience within that space. The use of Augmented Reality technologies such as Hololens is essentially responding to our desire for seamless interaction and connection within an ethereal landscape, not limited to the physical constraints of gravity and economics. In this way we can be free to conjure any experience we require without the endless limitations and downfalls of a consumerist economy. We get to create, animate, inspire, and entertain in a new dimension, a place free from borders, boundaries and physics.
Why is this so necessary in a time when our world is inundated with material stuff, physical waste, and unwanted things? We have resulted in a mass global culture of hoarders, collecting, buying, and disposing of endless material stuff, that we acquire in the name of function and need. Essentially our yearning for distraction, and joy, becomes a peril to the endless production of unethical, and unsustainable products, which ultimately fill our landscape with unwanted, unused and unloved STUFF.
The solution to this world-wide problem isn’t the production of AR technologies of course, but perhaps the superimposition of digital data on-top of our material world can aid limit our necessity for the creation and production of physical objects. Perhaps in the production and utilisation of augmented landscapes we can find greater purpose, and functionality for the physical space already around us. We can start to see our physical spaces as containers with infinite capacity to respond to our needs, in a sustainable manner that goes beyond mindless wastage and consumption. In doing so perhaps we can learn to appreciate the physical stuff we have already, and thus find greater solace in our existing world.
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