The architecture of the contemporary city is no longer concerned only with the physical space of buildings and landscapes; it becomes increasingly focused on the synthetic spaces created by the digital information that we collect, consume and organize. An immersive interface may become part of the world we inhabit as much as the buildings around us.
Augmented (hyper)Reality is an ongoing 'research-by-design' project by Keiichi Matsuda, which explores scenarios for our occupation of the city in the context of emerging technologies and ubiquitous media. The hyper-real mediascapes of the future city are depicted in two award-winning short films, Domestic Robocop and Augmented City 3D, which will be presented alongside production drawings. The films aim to provide a platform for a debate and a counterpoint to the utopias for the future promoted by numerous tech companies. They explore the implications for privacy, identity and the construction of space in a dynamic mediascape, with wide-ranging consequences on everyday life.