You Are a Citizen of Virtual Worlds

A talk with Space Popular and students from London’s Architectural Association, exhibition curator James Taylor-Foster, alongside an esteemed group of guests to discuss ways of engagement with the burgeoning virtual sphere.

DateOctober 30th, 2018. 6pm -7.30pm
LocationArkDes, Stockholm Sweden
OrganizersFredrik Hellberg, Lara Lesmes,
James Taylor-Foster 
ParticipantsDaniel Birnbaum, Amy Croft, William Hamilton, Fredrik Hellberg, Lara Lesmes, Tor Lindstrand, Elena Malakhatka, James Taylor-Foster

In time we shall become citizens of virtual, or virtually augmented, worlds. Whether you might agree with this position or not, it serves to highlight a number of possible repercussions for the fields of architecture and design, and raises important questions connected to citizenship (or the lack thereof) in future virtual environments.

Health and Behaviour
Amy Croft (Artist in Residence, Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL))
William Hamilton (Co-Founder: Mimerse, Vobling)
Referencing thinking rooted in the fields of psychology and cognitive science, what are the tools at our disposal to shape and manage our experience(s) of virtual worlds?

Building and Cities
Elena Malakhatka (PhD candidate, KTH)
Tor Lindstrand (Architect)
While Space Popular: Value in the Virtual seeks to illustrate one possible avenue for a virtually augmented city, the possibilities laid before us today are multifaceted and complex. What does ‘building’ entail in virtual environments, and how does the notion of a ‘built environment’ translate between worlds?

Arts and Institutions
Daniel Birnbaum (Director, Moderna Museet)
Exploring the spheres of arts and institutions, and the connections between them, how might we understand a future iteration of society—or societies—in parallel virtual worlds?

Live Recording. Courtesy of ArkDes

Lara Lesmes, Tor Lindstrand & Elena Malakhatka
Fredrik Hellberg, Lara Lesmes, Amy Croft

Daniel Birnbaum & James Taylor-Foster