Once again members of the Draw & Code team are back in California, this time to showcase SwapBots at AWE (the Augmented World Expo). Held in the heart of Silicon Valley, AWE is where the burgeoning immersive tech industry comes together to share the latest innovations in augmented reality.
Commissioned especially for Clinic, Freddy Tuppen’s Lightbox allowed us to make art by holding glowing spheres and waving them around. Meanwhile another art piece took social media conversations and turned them into 3D printed objects. This is where technology is at its most intriguing – the intersection of the physical and the digital world.
With hundreds of people visiting the event, hosted in the chic bar and restaurant 155 Clerkenwell, over the course of two nights, it showed that there is a very real demand for this technology. Seeing this kit in a relaxed, intimate setting made for a much more heady experience than the usual bland exhibition venue.
Technology is a wonderful thing for broadening our experiences and for connecting humanity to one another. It already allows us to span great distances with our voice and our vision; now we can feel like we have traveled to another world without moving from our home thanks to virtual reality. Yet however brilliant the latest gadgets may be, there are few pleasures in life that can top being in a basement full of booze with like-minded folk. Clinic brought both these things together to form a night of giddiness and child-like excitement at what the immediate future holds.