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Underworld Forest (Looking Up)

Underworld Forest (Looking Up)

ByAaron Huey

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There is a way to go beneath the ground in Minecraft servers and travel beyond where people are building. When you travel in this way beyond the commonly used spaces you can see the algorithm building ahead of you as you move, making volcanic tubes and mine shafts and terrain. It is as close as you can get to seeing the birth of a metaverse, and it is always something that no person has ever seen before. Born out of a National Geographic magazine assignment to explore the far edges of virtual worlds, bringing back photographs made with virtual cameras. (filmed in MUSE Oraia)

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Aaron Huey is a photographer and new media artist, he has created over 30 stories for the National Geographic magazines including several cover stories , and is also leading new projects for Nat Geo from VR and AR to metaverse spaces. He is currently on assignment for Nat Geo in the metaverse, photographing (via his many avatars and various virtual cameras) the far edges of virtual worlds. Huey is a three time Stanford Fellow, a current artist in residence at, and was recently named a Stanford Starling Lab Fellow where he is mapping Web3 ecosystems and new frameworks for data integrity, specific to photography.

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