​ART PROGRAM

Can I See You Now

Riho Matsue、Yuto Hayashi

INTRODUCTION

This project uses an online game in which you try to meet people in a virtual space of Google Street View. It is played by a pair (one from each country) and the game starts simultaneously in Taipei and Tokyo. When the two players connect to the application using their computer, the voice chat system begins. Then, one of the players inputs a coordinate of a familiar place. Two players would appear somewhere close according to the coordinate, but separately. They will go on an adventure trying to meet the other by communicating what they can see through the voice chat. After the encounter, they would be able to stroll the city and visit the museum together in the virtual space of Taipei and Tokyo. 

 

However, the discrepancies between the real space and the street view of the virtual space would sometimes make our encounter difficult. How much can we possibly share the path that one body knows and the other doesn’t? We will consider the possibilities and frustrations of online encounters. 

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