Converged Reality

Converged Reality is that object-like quality that emerges in both real and virtual spaces. The most important thematic threads within the realm of Converged Reality are considered to be the Spaxels developed by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and their next level of development, the Smart Atoms.

Converged Reality is defined as the necessary extension of the established reality-virtuality continuum; that extension that can situate the existence of an object or interconnected group of objects simultaneously in a real as well as in a virtual environment; new ideas and concepts that previously stood outside the definition of what is real and virtual. This extension was necessitated, at the very latest, by the emergence of a wide variety of concepts in art and research such as Hiroshi Ishii’s Radical Atoms and the Space Pixels (Spaxels) developed at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

In these efforts, artistic and scientific interest is focused above all on a substantive encounter with human beings and their confrontation with Converged Reality; the possibilities of interaction in this shared space, that (public) space that humankind shares with new autonomous machines.