Turn the page on what you think is real. In San Francisco, pioneering digital surrealist Nick Philip of the Imaginary Foundation has installed a new immersive sculpture made from yellowing pulp paperbacks that serves as a portal into an alternate universe. The transmedia artwork is part of ADAPTATIONS: LAND, a group show at the Drawing Room gallery in the City's Mission District. The opening is today, October 1, from 4-9pm and the exhibition runs until November 13.
"The Paperback Metaverse uses the forgotten pages of yesterday's novels to tell a collection of stories for tomorrow's shifting reality," Philip explains. "By contrasting an environment built from thousands of upcycled paperback novels with a dynamic layer of augmented reality activated NFTs, the Paperback Metaverse fuses the physical, the virtual, and the sculptural."
Enjoy the trip. And it is a trip.