The unbuilt domed cities of Alaska reimagined with augmented reality


The Dirigibles of Denali project is a culmination of several collaborative augmented reality and digital humanities projects approaching three of Alaska's planned cities of the future: Seward's Success, Denali City and Arctic City. All three cities are being virtually constructed at their original proposed locations using mobile augmented reality technology. Accompanying these augmented reality cities is ten pieces of speculative fiction by Alaskan artists imagining a world were these cities had actually been built, and an alternate history of Alaska reflecting that reality.

The printed compendium version of this project is set to be released in 2019. It is a picture book of the geolocated augments from the augmented reality reconstructions of the three proposed cities that were never built. The book includes essays and historical analysis by Nathan Shafer and Patrick Lichty; as well as illustrations by Joelle Howald.

Ten Alaskan science fiction authors were asked to write speculative fiction based on an alternate history of Alaska, had the cities been built. In the summer of 2018, five volumes from the series will be released with the opening of the show at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska.


7/6/18: Dirigibles of Denali at Pratt Museum

Dirigibles of Denali at the Pratt Museum will have five different exhibition books available for purchase in print format or free to download: Dirigibles of Denali Volume One: Three Domed Cities (a Digital Humanities Study Guide), Dirigibles of Denali Volume Two: Science Fiction Omnibus, Gravel Proposes McKinley Bubble and the Post-Apocalyptic Crackerverse Hypothesis.









































8/5/16: Cheechako Wizard Suicide Runners

Nathan Shafer and Joelle Howald at Practice Gallery

Dirigibles of Denali: Cheechako Wizard Suicide Runners at Practice Gallery August 5th. Show runs through the end of August. Science fiction readings by Joshua Medsker and Ademola Bello. Show is focused around a fictional video game in the stories called Cheechako Wizard Suicide Runners.

Gallery link HERE.