GIF artist Atsushi Segawa (previously) is known for taking classical images of ukiyo-e and carefully computerizing certain parts, setting them into motion. His style is a mix of realism and surrealism, combining historical accuracy with science fiction. Segawa’s work recently caught the eye of Japanese computer maker NEC, who commissioned the artist to create a series of animated GIFS that imagine what life in Edo Japan would be like if computers existed.
The series, officially titled LAVIE in EDO, imagines what life in old Japan might look like if NEC had developed their Lavie brand of computers hundreds of years earlier. So far, 4 images have been released with an additional 3 still to come.
You can keep up with Segawa and his work on twitter, where’s he posts his own creations, as well as commissioned work such as these.