Winner of ISMAR's 2011 Video Competition. This call for artists was made to "solicit explorations of, speculations about, and meditations on the experience of AR and MR in a future unbound from the fetters of our current technologies."
Simple as Drinking Water contemplates the inexorable, yet infantile future of Augmented Reality. By performing the very mundane act of drinking, Baradaran interrogates the possibility of AR seamlessly becoming part of our life, basic, pure and simple. This juxtaposition of the simpleness of the everyday and the presumably technological nature of future is evoked by the Persian expression that is set as the title. The overflowing glass simultaneously suggests constraints of the foreseeable future and the excessive rhetoric built around AR. Anachronism in making, this video aims to question deterministic assumptions of technological utopia.
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