Being present is very difficult, it is a quality we have lost. Now we are in constant movement. Our bodies travel through the data clouds surrounding us supported by technological devices. These dematerialized alter egos generate identity dyslexia and competition with our ability to make independent decisions. These digital identities are not mere replicas of the physical world, although they are built from it. They are based on algorithms that know us, recognize us, help us, make decisions for us, manipulate us, and even predict us. They have their own time and space that surround us, although we cannot see them. We live in a mixed reality, between the physical and the virtual world.
Any attempt to build walls –physical or figurative– that separate an inside from an outside, that protect a space of power from a space of freedom, that alienate one person from another or stop the spread of a virus, are doomed to failure. Architecture has lost its capacity for autonomy and architects have lost their ability to prevail over the rest of the population. Only by recognizing hyperreality as a basic quality of all urban contexts can we explore its future possibilities, proposing critical architectures that help us to be more aware of our ways of living.
Digital Intimacy works as a cage and, at the same time, as a bridge. A facial recognition camera captures 1,300 points of each visitor’s face – unique and non-transferrable biometric fingerprints. These points, their colour and their relative position become part of a database that collects all the faces of all the visitors captured by the camera. The three screens serve as a large immersive window inside this cloud, which surrounds us and of which we become part at the time we decide to access it –a cloud generated in real time, where each moment is different, unpredictable and unrepeatable.