The future isn't filtered, it's chaotic – at least, that's the premise behind to.be camera, a new app that launched earlier this month. Described as an "augmented reality camera", the free-to-download app lets you record video GIFs and layer colourful visual layers on top of the image. It's already built a steady following from its New York launchpad, where it was first conceived by internet collage community to.be, which has close connects with other digital collectives like DIS and #BeenTrill#.
"We were missing tools to gather pieces from our physical surroundings – like pencils and stones that you might have laying on your desk, or drawings that you make on paper," to.be co-founder Nick Dangerfield told us. The resulting GIFs aren't too dissimilar from a digital video artwork you might see in an art gallery – blending the real with the unreal, sea waves wash over suburban cul-de-sacs, and blissfully unaware babies glitter like gold.
To.be selected some of their favourite GIFs made with the app for Dazed. Check them out for some digi-real daydreaming inspiration of your own.
You can download the to.be camera on the app store here.