Memory as an anchor, as a structure, is the underlying theme of issue 002.
Featuring original artwork, photographs, and written features, Heterotopias 002 is a richly visual exploration of virtual architecture and how it shapes the way we play.
Issue 002's cover feature on the cult exploration game NaissanceE is an unprecedented look at the architecture, making-of, and influences on the game. A screenshot series plumbing the depths of its striking, minimalist architecture is supported by an interview with creator Mavros Sedeño, and previously unpublished sketches of its modular structures. A supporting piece on the architect-turned-mangaka Tsutomu Nihei and his manga Blame! explores its powerful influence on NaissanceE and visual culture in general, illustrated with material from the newly released Master Editions.
002 also takes a look at the labyrinthine 2D spaces of classic game series Metroid, relating their cavernous mysteries to a lost history of brutalist architecture. This is accompanied by a series of 35mm black-and-white photographs of Metroid Prime that explore its 3D alien architecture, in a dreamlike study created through a unique technique for photographing games.
Rounding out 002 is a look at how the futuristic tunnels of Wipeout channelled the underground rave scene of the 1990s, while noted game developer Robert Yang dives into an examination of how chairs shape a sense of presence and absence in 3D worlds. The issue also hosts game urbanism expert Konstantinos Dimopoulos as he explores techniques of mapping game spaces.
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