Pixel Theory
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Pixel Theory

(Or, have we ever been physical?) Still from Shinjuku Calling (Yamagami Yukihiro 2014) Layering of the virtual on to the real is usually how Augmented Reality is described and explained, but layering is a strange metaphor to understand what is at stake when considering the physical-digital environments we live with.  As provocation, consider when typographic ink lands on physical paper;…

The Ambivalence of Beauty (Filters) in AR: Gender Exploration & Selfie Culture
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The Ambivalence of Beauty (Filters) in AR: Gender Exploration & Selfie Culture

‘Pop Beauty Stains, Filter” Heemsbergen L. 2023 (Midjourney) While using apps like TikTok or Instagram, if you decide to include an augmented reality (AR) filter (or lens) onto your image the top filters that come up, algorithmically targeted to users, will almost always include at least one ‘beauty filter’. A beauty filter is an AR…

Facing the socialisation of augmented reality
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Facing the socialisation of augmented reality

Fifteen years ago, a grad student named danah doyd was finishing off her dissertation titled Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics exploring how teens were leveraging newly forming social media to live their lives in novel ways; boyd spotted people and publics coming of age in new ways.   It’s useful to…