Through Leviathan's Eyes
Through Leviathan’s Eyes’ is an optimistic, speculative glimpse into a world where reality is constructed collaboratively. The film is a non-narrative tour through a near-future condition of ‘cityness’ imagining a rewriting of technological priorities; turning the blinding drive for personalised reality into a truly mixed reality. Here, the unstable, ever-shifting, yet somehow intelligent collective compose space in a constant state of re-writing and over-writing, that every so often, coalesces into an urgent, moving obsession. The city renders itself as a tangible, augmented palimpsest. A cultural manifestation of Hobbes’ Leviathan.
Created in the year of Brexit and the election of President Trump, Through Leviathan’s Eyes was the result of Inferstudio examining the functioning of media echo-chambers, and asking whether - and how - the social technologies that currently polarise and blind us, could somehow bind us together.
We have also long been interested in the potential of Augmented Reality to physicalise information, such as our individual online identities, or fluctuations in popular mood or opinion. AR use cases to date have remained within existing functions and services; wayfinding, advertising, gaming and entertainment. Inferstudio is exploring new applications for AR; we see the potential for this technology to meet the rise of big data and algorithmic decision making.
We have an opportunity to redefine our relationships with urban environments, to access and interact with the collective consciousness of the city, - the urban organism. Through Leviathan’s Eyes is meant as an accessible introduction to these ideas, a contribution to the cultural groundwork for future social transformations.