aporia. the city is the city

Book / Augmented Reality Application / VR Experience / Design

Imagine two cities, where the inhabitants live in parallel realities. The streets are doubled, multiple crosshatches appear along the facades, giving out onto a sprawling view of the double city. Every building is a hybrid; two functions and two spaces co-exist simultaneously. Within a single building, one can be at home or in the tomb, at the bazaar or in a palace, you are able to decide how to be in both places at the same time. While at a temple, you might find yourself in a public toilet, in a hothouse you might also be in the garbage dump. The urban fabric is a direct emanation of a split-state. Every function shadows its other function. Intertwining architectural forms create a hybrid and far-reaching city full of paradoxes and uncharted paths. The community is made from rumor and ritual exchanges of code. The doubled shadow architecture is the total fulfilment of Utopia, where the cities undergo unending hybridization and expansion. From this emergent order the scenario of your experience unravels.

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Curator; Architecture, Pavillion - Aleksandra Wasilkowska 

Shadow Architecture Founder

Curator; Director - Krzysztof Garbaczewski

Dream Adoption Society Founder

VR and AR Architecture - Aleksandra Wasilkowska in collaboration with members of Shadow Architecture - Karolina Kotlicka, Monika Olesko

Interaction Design, VR and AR Producer - Wojtek Markowski

Experience Design, VR and AR Programming and Art Direction - Marta Nawrot, Jagoda Wójtowicz, Maciej Gniady, Anastasiia Vorobiova, Krystian Brych, Sebastian Janisiewicz, Anna Skrzypczyk 

Music Composition for VR and AR - Jan Duszyński

Voice-over - Laura Elizabeth Goodier

VR Production Assistant - Jakub Oleś

Graphic Design for the book - Krzysztof Pyda

Set Install - Paweł Paciorek

Project Production - Maria Bogdaniuk, Krystyna Mogilnicka, Edyta Zielnik

Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute

APORIA. THE CITY IS THE CITY was created by Dream Adoption Society 

and Shadow Architecture, and produced by Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute 

as part of the main program of the Prague Quadriennial 2019. 

Financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.


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