Stories and travelogs from virtual worlds
Book Design and Artificial Writing
This book doesn’t exist.
This book is an artifact from a virtual world.
Travelling the earth is more feasible than ever but it might become more problematic in the near future with ongoing and following pandemics, climate crisis destroying whole areas of land and declining fossil fuels. At the same time, virtual reality and the ‘metaverse’ are rapidly evolving. Today, we can visit distant and fantastical digital worlds without even leaving our homes.
How do we remember those places?
When the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020, I started exploring and traveling the virtuality. I made new friends there, discovered favorite places and experienced things that aren’t possible in reality. Whenever I went there, I took pictures and looking back at them feels like any other collection of photographs from real events. Are virtual experiences real? Is there anything that makes them less real?
What if an artificial companion would record those journeys? Sorting your photographs, capturing them, or even taking own ones? Writing down your personal experiences, protocolling who you were with, and what you saw and talked about? This book is an experiment of what such a journal could look like, taken from the virtual world and placed in the physical one.
Virtual photos are captured with an analogue instant picture camera. Computer fonts are turned into individual letters based on my personal handwriting. AI generated text is written down by a machine using a physical ink pen.
Download the book here.
Texts written in collaboration with
Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) created by OpenAI, Processing developed by Ben Fry and Casey Reas, and AxiDraw SE/A3 made by Evil Mad Scientist.
Used social VR platform: AltspaceVR by Microsoft.
Class: Posthuman Companion. Imagining, Writing, and Coding Science Fiction with an AI taught by Guida Ribeiro.
University of the Arts Bremen, April 2022