A colleague of mine had sent this along to me due to my interest in augmented reality and her general all-around good naturedness and helpfulness. A project to develop a mobile application that allows the user to orient themselves in respect to the New York City skyline and posit the World Trade Centers there. Appropriate considering the 10th anniversary is coming up, but also representing a general trend (hopefully) of using technology to position collective cultural memory in our daily lives. It is my estimation that we have enough data to support this imposing of collective memory (via photographs, video, audio even) on geopositioned physical locations, but it becomes a matter of aggregating it and presenting it predictably. If one does this with a pleasant enough design experience, users will be stimulated to experiment in positioning these objects in these skylines and landscapes and then sharing these online. Crowdsourcing the specifics of our collective memory. Constructivist history. Brilliant.
He is already fully funded through Kickstarter so it must have struck a nerve with others as well. Now, lets do Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project as an augmented reality application throughout Paris and embed cultural commentary and postmodernism in this waking life! Infuse our structure with collective memory, commentary, even debat. Thrilling.