Project description, work in progress videos and installation sketches
Global Mode>Narcissus and Drowning Animals explores behavior, cruelty and climate change through the mixture of an interactive, mythology-based VR scene and a projection in the physical space around. Uncertain, somehow absurd roles crisscross between viewers, the virtual animals, and a performer from the past.
Involving viewers on both sides of the reality wall, it addresses the instability of our actions, their unintentional outcomes and the continuous/constant mediation these actions are subject to.
- Virtual Reality scene: Animals are slowly descending upon, and sinking into planes of water. The space is real, based on the site where the work will be displayed, but the animals and “water” are not. When a viewer enters the VR scene, they start controlling the animals first, and then sinking alongside them.
- Interactions start via headset tracking and gesture, and the viewer can pull the animals out of the water, push them around, or sink them further down. After a few seconds, a pre-recorded (360, or depth video) performer appears in the VR space, as Narcissus.
- Suddenly, while playing with the animals, the viewer realizes that her/his actions are changing the actions of the performer—the time flow and the kind of actions.
- At the same time, there is a partial “broadcast” of the inside scene on the outside space, revealed by a moving projection, controlled by the first viewer
Global Mode. Narcissus and Drowning Animals , 2016. Performance, photo-based and 3D animation, sketch for VR scene
The projector’s position is controlled by the position of the viewer’s gaze inside the VR scene. The projection area moves along the surface of the space and reveals parts of the virtual scene.
The person who is moving, looking up and down, turning around or bending, is the one who is showing to others this invisible world through his/her body. The “shower” also controls the animal’s movements—pushing them around, sinking and raising them—changing the reality for others.
"Global Mode. Narcissus and Drowning Animals" Work in progress , 2018.
other works from Global Mode: