Ed: This post was made possible by the mad compiling and organization skills of Eva Hoerth and Kayla Didier.
As we pull the curtains on 2016, we’re coming to a consensus that this was a horrible, no-good, rotten, very bad year. We lost cherished icons and elevated a reality star bigot to the office of President of the United States. Terrorism, refugee crises, Brexit, and other calamities flowed through our news feeds amid fake news concocted by Russian spies, climate change deniers, and white supremacists. And yet a bright spot appeared this year, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, with the emergence of the virtual and augmented reality industry. Continue reading “2016: The Year Seattle Embraced Virtual and Augmented Reality”
by Amanda Knox, Chief Empath “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” – Lewis Carroll “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” – Pablo Picasso Technology hates me. Sit me down at a device, and the Internet connection will call it quits, printers will pout and sputter, apps will fail. After so much negative feedback, I assume the worst: … Continue reading VR and Subjective Truth
Last spring I started writing about Seattle’s VR/AR industry on this little blog with a self-deprecating name. I often feel like a small town reporter, following the goings-on of a passionate and growing community of VR pioneers. I’m having a blast doing this, and it’s time for this little operation to grow. So I’m thrilled to announce that this blog just got a little more … Continue reading Welcome Correspondents Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson
Editor’s Note: Writers Christopher Robinson and Amanda Knox, a real-life couple, recently experienced Machine to Be Another. Following is their exclusive report for ryanboudinotisahack.com.
By Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson
The Machine to Be Anotheris an experiment, an experience, and an interactive art installation created by Barcelona’s BeAnotherLab that allows two people to embody each other through virtual reality. As presented at TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, the experience includes three phases: 1) participants swap perspectives and adjust by slowly mirroring each other’s movements; 2) mirrors are introduced, allowing participants to see the body they are inhabiting; and 3) the partition is removed, allowing the participants to see their own bodies as viewed from the other’s perspective. As partners, we tried the Machine together. The following is a mimetic response to the experience, written in three parts corresponding to the three phases.