UCLA ENTERTAINMENT STUDIO - WINTER TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
Project by: Neha Oswal | Akshada Muley
Instructor: Nathan Su
The ‘flattened’ nature of the current internet, navigated through hyperlinks compresses the notion of ‘journey’ into a split-second click. Without transitional spaces in between destinations, thresholds become pixel-thin. How can we rethink the navigation of information by reorganizing it spatially?
These conditions of internet and environmental metaphor are represented in form a concept art. The crowd sourcing of internet and supermarket if put together, what lies in common is the Compartment, or the phenomena of compartmentalization. As a unit, we can look at crowd sourcing of labor in a compartmentalized manner. In this metaverse, the digital realm, an unending number of micro-tasks and their micro-worlds (essentially workplaces) can come together to build a macro world of multiple opportunities.
Symbiosy, a unique supermarket, a collective of human services, an enormous bank of labor opportunities in a single wholesome world. Imagine a world of thousands of people, a world full of novice skill, intelligence and talent at every nook and corner. A world made by us, for us, where every person is of equal importance owing to the work they do. As we walk through this world, we are offered endless options to pick and choose the kind of service we want, from multiple options we have. In order to get one task done, we must pave our way through every aisle, through every category and it is up to us who we choose what suits us the best. This market has aisles, endlessly long and ever rising in height, because it keeps on adding new resources by every passing second. If you were to visit this supermarket just for window shopping, maybe nothing would make sense to you. For every cell in an aisle looks different and it’s kind of hard to understand why two adjacent units are next to each other. In this world there is day at one end of the horizon and night at the other. Every form of labor is unique, yet it fits into its aisle. Only when one would come to this place with a purpose will they understand it well, because the units and their arrangement will fall in place based on the context you are looking for. The world is defined by singular identities, workplaces of multiple natures, but at the same time are willing to get involved in a collaborative feat. Thus, it becomes a play, where one can customize the identity of their purpose based on micro-identities of the workforce involved.