@neauoire btw I call this aesthetic "virtusim" (maybe should rename to "simulatum"). I've been thinking about it for a while. I think it's the awe and wonder at the prospect of artificial/digital places hosting real living things. The idea that the things that happens in those worlds could really contain subjectivity joy suffering and complex agency. For a child growing up alongside computers and treating them like toys, this was a spooky concept. We have still haven't entirely reckoned with it.
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.