is a new media artists collective, conducting research based design via interactive installations.
VitRails, interactive installation in Mixed Reality, 2018
Fingerprints As Interface
VitRails is a virtual reality interactive installation about the European migrant crisis. The artwork explores the multi-sensorial interface in immersion, by activating the sense of touch. Through our work, we propose that with the use of physical materials and tangible interfaces in interactive immersive artworks we can achieve more magical experiences that engage us in a multi sensorial way. The user, wearing a virtual reality head mount display, is immersed in a dark world, trapped, unable to see anything. The only way out exists in another dimension: in the physical world. In the physical environment of the user there is a painting with a color that detects thermal activity. By touching and coming in contact with it, the user can leave his traces on this surface. Once he achieves to access the virtual world through his traces, he has only a few seconds to explore the events revealed on the other side. The cracks will start to disappear quickly, while the color of the painting returns to its original state.
In contrast to many immersive virtual reality artworks, which privilege the sense of vision and usually completely neglect our other senses, in VitRails, the user is invited to be in constant contact with the physical world around him in order to sense and perceive the virtual. In the virtual world, a parallel story is emerging. By touching the surface the user creates traces of his palms, which allow him to briefly explore fragments of another reality through a virtual window. He can see an abandoned place by the sea, hear the waves and listen to the narration of virtual actors represented as abstract figures. They are refugees of the Mediterranean Sea, who crossed the sea by boat and arrived unexpectedly to this location. Their stories are documented testimonies of their journey.
work in progress
Ferrofluid Interactive Blob
LiquidMatters is an interactive installation dealing with the economy of attention. Nowadays we pay more attention to our digital screens and not to our physical surroundings. While social media apps are “stealing” our attention and try to achieve an “illusion of reality”, LiquidMatters tries to reverse this illusionist persistence by creating abstract black and white images with the use of ferrofluids (nanoparticles of ferromagnetic material suspended in a carrier liquid).
Similar to digital displays it consists of pixels, however, in the form of ferrofluid drops. Two displays are positioned side by side , one dispalying real matter and the other displaying a digital simulation. The ferrofluid
dropds, organic and fluid as they are, flowing around, they come in contrast with the regular pixels,thus confusing us on their nature; are they living creatures or maybe simulated ones? And what to they signify?