Today, digital technologies are often presented as the ultimate solution for cooperating and living in a globalised world, connecting people and places, and making our landscapes and actions more efficient. However, the use of these new technologies also raises questions of privacy, security, sustainability, health and dependency, creating radical transformations in the relationship between people and the environments they inhabit as well as the boundaries between humans and technology.
Invisible Landscapes will make visible the often-invisible presence of digital technologies in our lives and everyday environments. From the home to the city, the Royal Academy will invite practice-based researchers to present new work through three interconnected acts. Their installations will address how architecture can respond and engage with emerging contemporary issues around technology, and suggest new ways of being, belonging and living.
The second act of Invisible Landscapes explores how technological advances can force us to reconsider what it means to be human and thus shape the everyday landscapes around us. London-based strategic design studio Dark Matter Laboratories have created an installation examining the shifting paradigm of design that technology is making possible. From designing objects to designing outcomes, from designing products to designing performance. This project presents a proposal to reclaim the social value of architecture in order to create a more equitable urban environment for all.