Oculus Birth

This is part 1 of a series of speculative virtual reality projects. Illustrations by David Tracy. Also appears in The New Inquiry.

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Figure 1: Conception.

 

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Figure 2: Two miniaturized GoPro cameras are affixed to the skull of the fetus.

 

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Figure 3: Gestation.

 

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Figure 4: “I’m really looking forward to this experience.”

 

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Figure 5: The live feed.

 

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Figure 6: The mother experiences the birth of her child from the child’s perspective.

 

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Figure 7: Crowning.

 

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Figure 8: “Happy Birthday.”

 

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Figure 9: The experience is concluded.

Case Study

Here is some initial documentation for “Case Study”, a project that I’m working on with Pedro G. C. Oliveira.

“Case Study” is a briefcase that analyzes and produces visualizations of literary/philosophical texts using weaponized natural language processing software originally developed by the military. The parsing software, which finds and tags geopolitical events and world-historical actors in news articles, was originally intended to be a tool to help governments make predictions about global trends and material conflicts. In Case Study, we use that same tool on literary and philosophical texts rather than news articles, producing visualizations that frame literary and philosophical events in the language of geopolitics and the military.

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