VISIONS OF KATARO
Visions of Kataro
The arrival of 3D software has caused a shift in how we design and visualise the future. Due to this digitalisation, the magic and craft of physical scale models and maquettes is getting lost. Miniature worlds are often stuck in conservative themes like trains and war, or are just downsized copies of existing places.
Jasper Bloem brings back the magic with a mysterious maquette of the future city of Kataro that is ruled by artificial intelligence. The loss of the human scale becomes obvious when – instead of looking down on this miniature world – you enter it from below. Climb one of the stairs to witness this complex, hyper-digital city from an unusual perspective as you listen to the mind-blowing stories of its inhabitants.
City Guide to Kataro
This city guide comprises a compilation of visions on the speculative city Kataro. The images and stories are conceptual scenarios based on Jasper Bloem’s technological and philosophical research, mixed with his own fantasy and ideas about the future.
Still, it leaves plenty of room for your own imagination. The book functions as a tool for inspiration, speculation and discussion, addressing the complex challenges that current society faces. It questions the balance of non-balance and investigates how a utopian and a dystopian world can coexist in a digital future. When you plan to visit the city of Kataro, be sure to bring this guide for the must-see places, like the Sunpark, The Hall of Mirrors, or the Columns of Concealment.