In Between Worlds
by Björn Norberg
Norberg addresses in his chapter a dynamic of real and virtual fusion, a condition of digital culture by which the natural and artificially mediated environments increasingly merge together in augmented scenarios and designs of everyday life. From a personal, embedded approach, he draws on his own experiences of working with art and new media since the late 1990s – particularly in the Swedish context – to trace how the current artistic orientation in creating immersive environments grew out of the formation of art collectives in the 1990s and today manifests in practices offering real-virtual experiences on the premises of artistic inquiry. Norberg’s analysis sketches a critical moment for artistic application of immersive technologies in a daunting technological climate of human infancy towards smart city visions (for Stockholm and beyond).