Assistant Professor of Immersive and Interactive Media Releases New Book

Augmented and Mixed Reality for Communities is available to purchase on Amazon.

Columbia College Chicago is pleased to announce that Dr. Josh Fisher of the Interactive Arts and Media department has recently published the first edited collection on Augmented and Mixed Reality for Communities with CRC Press. The collection, Augmented and Mixed Reality for Communities, explores the design and development of AR and MR experiences for communities. The book also explores the ethical, social, legal, and civil issues involved with A/MR in communities. Each chapter contains a practical exercise that help instructors put lessons from the book into practice.

Authors in the collection include scholars, practitioners, lawyers, and artists engaged in the creation of these experiences. and Mixed Reality for Communities will help students and practitioners navigate the ethical design and development of these kinds of experiences to transform their cities. As one of the first books of its kind, each chapter in the book prepares readers to contribute to the Augmented City. By providing insight into how these emerging media work, the book seeks to democratize the augmented and mixed reality space.

A number of faculty from Columbia College Chicago wrote chapters for the book. Yonty Friesem in the Communication Department wrote, “The PARIS Model: Creating Sustainable and Participatory Civic Medi with and for the Community through Immersive Experiences.” Faculty members in Interactive Arts and Media David Antognoli and Bill Guschwan also submitted the following chapters respectively, “Reconceptualizing Video Games for Community Spaces” and “The Philosopher’s Stone as a Design Framework for Defending Truth and Empowering Communities.”

Janíce Tisha Samuels and Kelvin Ramirez share a chapter on a Chicago AR project with the National Youth Arts Movement. The youth-lead project used AR as part of gun control advocacy and activism in the city. Brian Wassom, a lawyer who extended free-speech rights to augmented reality discusses the ins-and-outs of the case in Milwaukee. 



Rhiannon Koehler
Communications Manager