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DISCOVERY


SIMULATION
INFLATABLE
FUTURE


A story about rooftops, airships, robots and inflatables is an installation exploring themes of worldmaking, ecology and artificial intelligence.

Born out of observations of an emerging rooftop culture of urban gardening and alternative lifestyles in downtown LA during the pandemic, Discovery is a simulation of The Airborne Collective, a radical environmental hacker group seeking to make a flourishing roofscape ecosystem and unleash hope and optimism in the face of looming ecological threat.

Soundscape by Jake Matatyaou
Conversation Damjan Jovanovic and John Cooper:
https://vimeo.com/763458176










The Airborne Collective


GAME
ECOLOGY
FUTURE


The Catalog is a top down simulation game that models the complex phenomena of entangled systems of TAC ecology and economy. This game presents a model, a toy world with its own internally coherent reality, a world where a player can exercise a fantasy of obsessive control and visibility, observe the systems, cut into objects to look inside, dissect the world like a surgeon, or better yet, as an architect. The Catalog presents a deep dive into life simulation games as a new format for architectural design, it includes a tech tree, it names all the human and non human agents, asks for their moods and current states, in order to instantiate a pluralistic image of a World.























Discovery Installation


SCI-Arc Gallery, October 2022

INFLATABLE/BLIMP/AIRSHIP
BEANBAGS
FLAG FOR THE AIRBORNE COLLECTIVE


An inflatable is a great real life stand-in for a digital object.
It is mostly air, wrapped in a thin envelope.

A beanbag, on the other hand, presents itself as something amorphous,
unable to hold a definite shape, a kind of entropy wrapper.  
The objects are emotionally active and might seem alive and breathing.


The flag of The Airborne Collective strangely embodies a yearning for a future that never was, and a nostalgia for a real place that vanished sometime in the late 20th century.

Flag generated by MidJourney Artificial Intelligence, with the prompt:
“flag design airborne collective eco symbol hacker group in style of anime neon colors”.

Inflatable fabrication by Landmark creations

Exhibition at SCI-Arc 2022, Photos by Charles White



DREAM  ESTATE

PROCEDURAL FASHION
AVATARS
AI


Dream Estate is a self driven real time simulation, set within a synthetic landscape populated with procedurally generated Androids.

It explores themes of empathy, emotion and personhood within the realm of AI. Each Android has its own set of behavior patterns that are driven by AI. Together they traverse the world in an endless quest for expression and communication.

Made with Houdini and Unreal Engine.















 

YURVAL


FILM
ANIMATION
PROCEDURAL DESIGN


Yurval is set in a distant future, where people have reached technological and physical advancement to reach other Galaxies. It is questioning our need as a species to seek new Worlds.
What are we trying to find out there?

Made in collaboration with Valentina Knezevic.

Made with Houdini and Unreal Engine.

Exhibition at Frankfurter Kunstverein 2021, Photo: Norbert Miguletz



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DAMJAN JOVANOVIC AND LIDIJA KLJAKOVIC        LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.