Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration
A remote-access, co-op MR experience exploring how the home and the workplace may become blurred through long-distance space.
The project explores future roles of the freelance, remote-access workforce, where their home and workplace may become blended into one, as we gain the ability to ‘long-distance space’ through growing virtual technologies. The experience centres around one shared virtual space capable of being split over multiple physical locations, where access to the space has become embedded in two specialised MR objects. The project is concerned with how, through designing for mixed-reality, you can expand your perception of your body, and abstract banal working activities into something more physical and intuitive, which also taps into multiple senses. Together, by equipping a watering can and a rake, you can find fulfilment and comfort by conducting some virtual gardening, yet the real effect of your actions on the wider world remains veiled and remote, much like yourselves. 'Weightless Bricks & Other Stories About the Future of Virtual Work Spaces' is supported by the Stimuleringsfonds for Digital Culture NL.
Paula Strunden &
- Stimuleringsfonds for Digital Culture NL
- Open City Docs
- MU Artspace
Bmade & MU Artspace
With special thanks to:
Photography courtesy of MU/Hanneke Wetzer
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