Group of people in dark with phones lightning up their faces. illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Sharing digital reality alone

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Logbook note – illustration note from a scene in a theater

Seeing in the light of phones

Text and illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

The doors opened and we walked into the theater, finding our chairs. Around the place were a lot of young people looking at their phones, looking like they didn’t really notice us. The light in the theater faded and in the dark we could only see the pale faces, each and one of them framed in the light from a phone

Somehow the scene stayed in my head, reminding me what we become when the light we see things in is not reality, but projections radiating out of our personal digital devices.

Digital reality is so different from seeing people in daylight, or in the shared warm rays when sitting around a campfire at night.

No idea where we are heading with digital reality, but somehow I feel that the hundred thousands of years we’ve been sharing stories and imagined realities around the fire below the stars… It can something very, very different;

Group of people sharing stories around a fire illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Sharing stories around the fire at night
Expert in front of an audience with a presentation on the screen about fire and storytelling. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
The expert sharing stories in the auditorium
People in darkness with faces lighted up by phones  Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Sharing digital reality – alone
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