Maltzan continues his lecture with a discussion of work conducted outside of Los Angeles. He presents a pavillion-bookstore designed for a park in Jinhua, China as an invited component of a conceptual master plan by Ai Weiwei. He continues with a description of a competition entry for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, a project which he attributes to a shift in his work from organization based on predetermined narrative toward that of an elastically connected open network. This interest continues in a master planning project in Milan which proposed a campus of buildings that engaged the edge of the primary site in response to difficult political realities emanating from the site itself.
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Stephen Bingham, one of the founders of the computer graphics firm Alias, shows a movie he made to caution against the dangers of cyberspace and virtual reality. He equates cyberspace with drugs, and predicts that if virtual reality technology continues developing along current paths it will lead to a dystopian world. Through a fictional narrative, Bingham comments on the mesmerizing influence media has in our lives, and stresses the inadequate awareness of the gender and sexuality aspects of technology.
Stephen Bingham presents a dystopian film connecting media, cyberspace and drugs. It is a warning about not only virtual reality in the future, but media technology’s already ubiquitous influence today. By evoking Timothy Leary, Bingham draws parallels between drugs and virtual reality as escapes from reality, or perhaps as glimpses of underlying reality. Bingham claims Los Angeles is the center of cyberspace since that is the source of Western consumerist fantasies.
Stephan Bingham argues that modern society is so saturated with media and technology that we have already crossed the threshold into virtual reality. He stresses that awareness of the gender and sexuality implications of cyberspace is inadequate.