VIRTUAL DESIGN STUDIO

When did I realise it would work? Perhaps it was when the words and ideas, collectively, meant more than they did in isolation. It was when the three of us could reach outside of ourselves to create collective meaning. Forwards, towards, together… another iteration of something done before.

We did it by copying and pasting, every day, and using each other to speculate, to signpost, and to try to do something

Have you ever looked between [the] Internet? How might the world be perceived in there?

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The Virtual Design Studio Digital Warehouse, situated in non-place metaverse

The constraints of working in conceptual sludge is that you have no physical means of way-finding within your own, outlined territory.  And because the territory is your own, and it’s not entirely real, and not entirely unreal, you’re not really sure what to ‘hold onto’ (in the loosest way possible).

It feels a bit like Lucky in waiting for godot:

“[I] seem to be clutching at straws, hubristically trying to assert meaning meaninglessly where there is none…”

-TM

I’ve been talking to internet bots.

Why?

I wanted to understand the internet, but not in the way you’d first think. Not for apps, data, or browser history. But for the way we communicate with the internet. And perhaps with the way the Internet ‘talks back’ (again, in the loosest way possible). 

Perhaps it’s how the keys feel under your fingers as you type, or the swoosh of the mouse across the tab. Maybe that image… that never seems to be found… so instead you see that little ‘image not found’ icon. Or maybe it’s that the internet was built from language (code) to share language (content), facilitated by language (syntax…). 

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Open 24 Hours, Only Exists online http://www.thevds.xyz

The discussions can be taken lightly, you can read into them as much as you want, or you can listen and try and point out where I missed something the bot was trying to tell me. I think I missed a lot. 

These discussions are called ‘logs’ and are taken from the ‘theatre of ideas’… highly appropriate for the absurdist nature of the Internet if you ask me…

Botnik: The project is about the internet. Between people and the virtual environment is where there is a space between thing that can be articulated … what it is trying to tap into the internet syntax in relation to VDS digital warehouse will prompt design work. 

Transformer: It is a way of addressing the environment of digital studios and digital manufacturing…

The purpose of this project is to create a platform in which we can explore and have discussions with others in virtual…

Emma: environments. Perhaps the ‘others’ are human, perhaps they are semi-human. But the Virtual Design Studio is about articulating the ‘internet disconnect’. It would be like if you photocopied something repeatedly until it was only semi-recognisable; you’d still know it was the original image, but it wouldn’t be the same. 

Botnik: The internet version of your experience is not entirely human. Perhaps the internet is not a place but some secondary warehouse for speculative outputs that potentially begin to develop a new territories. 

Emma: The Virtual Design Studio exists in the third space.

Transformer: Using virtual properties in the third space: The “metaverse”. These properties are a mental portfolio that defines how the designer would like the future world to look and feel. They allow us to design whole things from scratch, instead of figuring out how to buy the proper materials and make certain things work. Or to figure out how to make certain things go faster. Using virtual properties in the third space: these facilities are designed to generate entirely new worlds.

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Project management loop for the Virtual Design Studio

loop- A cyclical process for content generation.

For example:

1. Having a conversation with transformer to make a script involves copying and pasting text back into transformer.

2. Having a conversation with Botnik involves using pre-made text as a txt file, and then he predicts the next piece of text.

3. Generating Images involves using pre-existing text, script or generated texts experiments into generative engine

Transformer: No. You can pretty much create a loop at any point in time. There is also no need for a database for human interaction design to work, as you can generate or access information via verbal exchanges between multiple participants. The result is more agile, intuitive, and convenient process. 

Emma: but can the loops be visualised? 

Transformer: Sure. Use visual markers. Symbols, words, numbers, etc.

Transformer: ok, so does one loop continuously pass through the other?

Transformer: Yes. Like a piece of music.

Emma: ok, and what should be in the next loop?

Deny all knowledge.
Get out Get out Get out.

Botnik: 

i should generate the project history for some help prompt 

warehouse loop 

mapping- bit 

space hyphen disconnect questions 

management bit 

it could be hyperlinked through audio discussion members 

like buildings dictionary project history 

the tertiary loop of practice to describe about practice logic loops 

the images we make out what we’re trying to conceptualise 

then what we’re trying to do 

with the virtual design studio 

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Look between the internet,  into the metaverse, the third space, between the real and the virtual, where hyphens of articulated ‘things’ exist. 

It’s not a place, not a thing

But it’s about (the) Internet… The interface where (the) Internet meets interaction, where portal meets practice…  The virtual and the physical. It is an exploration of the space between thing and no(n)-thing, space and spacelessness, place and non-place.

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