UNIVERSE WITHIN is a digital documentary that reveals the hidden digital lives of highrise residents around the world. From intimate whispers on Skype, to explosive political uses of WhatsApp in neighborhoods under siege, this story takes us inside the hearts, minds and computers of vertical citizens around the world: from Guangzhou to Mumbai to New York and beyond.
As cities reach for the sky, the highrise building becomes a metaphor for the urban planet. Trapped in our apartments, how do we engage with our loved ones over the worldwide web? How has it rewired our brains and our relationships?
Drawing on documentary, fiction, photography, film, data art and webGL, UNIVERSE WITHIN confronts the viewer with provocative questions about ethics, emotions and empathy in our digital, vertical environments.
Universe Within is created by Katerina Cizek, the director of HIGHRISE, in collaboration with an academic team at University of Toronto, headed up by Drs. Deborah Cowen and Emily Paradis, along with one of Canada’s leading digital agencies, Secret Location.
Trust me when I say, it’s one of the most beautiful things you’ll see on the world wide web. Check it out at http://universewithin.nfb.ca/.