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Fracturing Space. COVID 19 has fractured physical space into discrete clusters – spaces of entertainment, meditation, and work are no longer experienced in a continuum. The resulting isolation (social and physical) has exposed new modes of living that are primarily engaged through digital New Media.

Compressing Urbanism. Even our cities have become a phenomenon of compression through recursion: cities within cities. As we inhabit routes and spaces, unconsciously generating our own personalised maps of space, they become flattened, like application home screens more than 3-dimensional spaces. We are engrossed in 2-dimensional imagery removed from spatiality.

Familiarising Novelty. This layer of spatiality allows New Media to hybridise novel and familiar experiences. A foundation upon which the playful, limitless world of game engines, augmented reality and virtual worlds can thrive.

Reconciling Reality. From banal collaborative immersive work environments to more radical ideas like the integration of colour theory into Supply Chain Management, this language results in collisions of ideas that previously could not coexist. Here, representation does not seek reconciliation with reality, but rather the two are trapped in a dialectic.

Evolving Architecture. In fracturing physical space, this pandemic has created a catalyst for New Media to evolve spatially, and perhaps inadvertently begun a revolution against metaphysical stereotypes of how we work and live through an ever-broadening interpretation of the relationship between new technology and architectural purpose.

Disorienting Unconsciousness. In this New Media, spatial cues are obscured as we attempt to interact with 2-dimensional screens. Our unconscious is disoriented; it’s unable to challenge this new matrix of representation in which space is compressed into an image; like living on an Instagram feed.

Exploring Spatiality. Our mind craves depth and immersion. We search for a digital architecture that allows spatial exploration, and thereby understanding – one in which iron structures of the 19th Century are reconfigured into wireframe meshes, not only as visual cues but more conceptually as a shifting perspective on the meaning of space.

Shifting Perception. Suddenly, once radical shifts in perception and reality are capable of being understood through exploration, familiarity and posture. A new visual language of communication generates the world around us and becomes semantically ideal to connect with each other socially, creatively and productively.
Transforming Dimensionality. Spaces are transformed as are possibilities to interact with them; 2-dimensionality transitions to 3-dimensionality with orbital motion and haptic interactions. The stationary swipes and scrolls have become modes of data ordering and spatial navigation in the digital world we consume and contribute to. Our work relies on sorting of information and configuring digital content, like a modern day switchboard operator we configure our work in all axes.