Reality Cues is about making architecture in digital, interactive, and social media, where ownership is communal and subject matter changes as quickly as users can click the ‘share’ button. Within this culture of reposting, reblogging, and retweeting is the opportunity to modify and subvert prevailing tendencies. Combine this with the ease with which anyone can alter images to create virtual worlds, and you are left with an increasingly fuzzy area between the so-called virtual and real.
Last month we invited you to make the most provocative images possible using the images (below) and redefine the architectural content or insert architecture of your own. We were blown away by your responses, sometimes a little confused and a few times scared, but amazed all the same! Since there were so many fascinating entries our jury even decided to give out a few awards of their own!
(Clockwise from top left) Fort du Salbert, Versailles Grand Trianon, Ctesiphon Ruin 1864, Geirangerfjord, Rainbow Bookcase (by Eccentric Scholar – Flickr), Chang Chun Shrine, Catbells Northern Ascent, La Tour St. Jacques La Boucherie à Paris (images from Wiki Commons)
Congratulations to the winners and everyone who participated!
“OMG architecture makes me believe (in nothing).” Sammy Medina – Architizer
“The !!!!!!!!!!!! competition throws down the digital gauntlet and reclaims architecture’s position as the mother of all arts.” Christopher Barley – Future—Predictor
“Thoughts? I haven’t laughed at a “design” image in a long time, so this was really refreshing. I hope Reality Cues keeps doing competitions, because they represents a bastion of honesty in an industry gripped by mediocrity of a single overriding style diktat. Also, bath salts.” Kelsey Campbell Dollaghan – Fast Company Design
“The Memes are strong in this one.” Shelly Johnson – Graffiti Lab