Timelines have always been central to Zenka’s work because they translate big ideas and offer new perspectives in a single glance.
In part thanks to decades of research in virtual and augmented reality and in parts thanks to new innovations in computer chips and 3D printing headsets like the HTC Vive can go from computer chips taped to a cardboard box to a world class headset on the market. Zenka’s latest raku series traces several hardware companies and their quest to bring this fascinating technology to the public.
Over 100 virtual and augmented reality headsets are chronicled in this interactive vr timeline. Things moved slowly until 2012 – when every major computer company and 100’s of start ups were scrambling to join the virtual age.
If you compare the time dinosaurs lived on earth (175 million years), to the time that humans have been living on earth (200,000 years), you get a pie chart that looks like the one below. Humans just got here! The Earth has experienced five mass extinctions where 50 to 90 percent of all species on Earth have disappeared.
This piece was inspired by Alvin and Heidi Toffler’s book “Future Shock”. The research was updated to reflect new historical knowledge and presented in my wheat paste mural. We could only go 15mph running for 200,000 years until finally we learned how to ride horses and doubled our speed. Then in the last 100 years, we went from the Model T (45 mph) to the Space Shuttle (17,5000 mph).
The stone age lasted a long time before we figure out how to cultivate food. The industrial revolution followed, and we soon entered the information age. Nobody knows what will come next.