Increasingly connected and augmented with digital media, we all strive to find a way to anchor ourselves in a changing world, and form our sense of reality from the melange of media that is ever-propagating. This is true not just for humanity at large, but for artificial beings as well. XMPLAR examines the way intelligent systems, when combined with our indelible need for narrative and pattern, can create a cybernetic whole that is more than the sum of its parts. How data can be performative, and how perhaps even digital constructs yearn for autonomy?
Jacob Garbe works with web technologies in conjunction with augmented reality and interactive projection to blur the divide between digital and physical reality. As a writer he is concerned with the way these technologies can also create new ways to interact with and experience narrative, blurring the line between the fictional and the real.graduate student in the Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) program at the University of California Santa Cruz.