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Student Work
Jiaing Gao, Tianyuan Fan, Yixuan Zhang
Student Work M.S. AUD M.Arch

Bitscape

Technology
2021

The last few month has seen crypto-art and NFTs emerge into mainstream awareness with Beeple’s sale of his first 5000 instagram artworks for $69 million USD. Likewise, the last two decades have seen the subjects of click-farms, filter-bubbles, content moderation, algorithmic bias, deep-dreams and influencers transition from fringe knowledge to deeply embedded, everyday reality. In our world today, systems of value, identity and truth seem to change as alarmingly quickly as the technologies that support them.

In Bitscape, we created allegorical spaces that seek to exaggerate and expose the unseen realities behind our rapidly changing, and increasingly virtually mediated world. We worked in teams within Unreal Engine 4 to create virtual spaces that give tone, atmosphere, and scale to the realities we have researched, learning real-time rendering, procedural texturing, workflows for handling photoscanned assets and point-clouds, and basic character implementation.

Working specifically within the context of contemporary media and visual culture, teams developed propositions for the mythical worlds of today - drawn from emerging social and technological conditions, and drawn in immersive, navigable worlds.

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