January - April 2019
Artist, Developer & Researcher
Black Gallery @SJSU, Root Division
An immersive media art installation that visualizes an alternative reality in between the real and virtual realms
Ritual Vitality alters perceptions of the surrounding environment through digital manipulation as it takes the viewers into a virtual reality mirror world. The environment utilizes VR, video projection, and sound.
● Wearable technology like VR, has allowed me to focus more on the idea of technology as a bodily extension, and finding ways to literalize screen-based interactions we have into spatial experiences.
● What’s consistent for every iteration is the Camera perspective which shows the back of the participants upper body: a top down isometric point of view. Sort of like a third-person gaming point of view. I chose this angle because it makes you feel like you’re playing yourself as an avatar in the virtual environment.
● Before installing my work, in order to visualize how it would be laid out, I make 3D architectural mock ups in SketchUp. What makes this work so site-specific is that everytime I display the work in a different place, the architecture needs to completely change for the user to feel like their inhabiting a simulation of the place they are in.
As part of SJSU MFA Thesis Exhibition, I displayed this project at Root Division Gallery in San Francisco. With this experience that’s slightly disorienting and trippy, I want to focus on the collapse of virtual and material worlds where digital connection results in a disconnection from our immediate surroundings.