Director Katerina Cizek finishes out her 4-part Highrise interactive documentary series with Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise. The latest experience travels to 18 different cities to explore where technology and vertical living intersect.
Cizek explains, “Universe Within reveals the hidden digital lives of highrise residents around the world. Ever since my work with Tower Renewal, a program to improve Toronto’s concrete apartment towers and the neighbourhoods that surround them, I have been really interested in the people who live in highrises because they are so transitory, and because connecting with one’s neighbours in a highrise can be very difficult. I was also interested in their digital lives because our digital connections are so crucial to how we govern our lives—how we love, how we hate, how we find work, and so on. The result of Universe Within shows how the digital maps onto the vertical. Trapped in our apartments, how do we feel about and engage with our loved ones over the World Wide Web? How has it rewired our brains and our relationships?”