The Bartlett School of Architecture


Analogue Future

Parker Heyl

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Analogue Future questions the emerging technologies in contemporary music, art, and architectural practices; notions of spatiality in translating from the physical to the virtual. These translations are not lossless: what is missing is a sense of presence or aura, leading to a holistic cybernetic fantasy which blurs the line between the virtual and the real. The physical object is slowly tranquilised and replaced with a less potent simulacrum of itself.

Interactive algorithms have largely informed modern conceptions of intelligence, thus ignoring the ways in which naturally occurring physical systems also form networks encoded with complex information. These physical systems allow chaos to occur and lead to an interactivity that is less calculated and more variable in its function than a fully computerised system. The quantisation of analogue information, from continuous data to discrete data, from unfiltered information to 1s and 0s, is a process which intentionally simplifies and restructures the natural world in order to increase control and accuracy. My works seeks to relinquish this computerised regulation in favour of an analogue aesthetic.