The wondrous retro futuristic timeline split of Nanoraptor
Multiverses and split timelines are so hot right now, even if it’s often in the service of stuffing more intellectual property into amusement park movies. Rarer is to get a unique, tiltshift glimpse into a more mundane world that might have been, if only as a bit of winking humor.
I don’t remember when I started following @nanoraptor, aka Dana Sibera, but her posts — mutated retro tech recreations — have never failed to amuse me. For one, she’s an artist with photoshop, with an auteur’s sensibility, an impeccable eye for detail, and a deep knowledge of computer history. She’s also hilarious, provided you are a nerd of a certain vintage and take a moment to peel back the many layers of her art. And there’s something truly delightful about Sibera’s artisanal anachronisms that stands out in a world where Midjourney or DALL•E could probably churn out some artless approximation with relative ease.
Marcin Wichary (recently seen here) curated a number of her creations and wrote a really wonderful appreciation, naturally with an emphasis on the keyboards. I thought I’d seen most of Sibera’s work, but many of these were new to me, and several lead me down explorations into actual computer history I’d never seen, like the stunning Apple Jonathan. What I love about both Sibera’s work and Wichary’s appreciation is you can tell they ache for many of these to exist.
Take few moments to live in a world that never really could, but absolutely should, have been.