Herding The Gaze Away From The Pasture

a self-reflective virtual reality +
multimedia video installation 

In the real world, I allow the spectator to examine their own perceptions of reality in an art gallery containing rendered versions of natural resources - along with analog TVs and reflective surfaces. Once within the VR space, these same objects are repeated in the context of a virtual art gallery.

The spectator eventually meets a mediated view of their real self

through my utilization of a live video-feed mechanism.

 

 

Documentation

Now-a-days, people are accustomed to finding their sources of reality, cultural information and purpose through technology. The responses to which are often consumption without speculation. In times of climate crises, diminishing natural resources, and questionable sources of the 'realest reality', this project fosters a self-reflective experience for

social change, conversation and contemplation by probing

both the nature of reality and the reality of nature.

 

 

In this piece, I notion towards an experience of non-duality between Earth, technology and self. In the process I spark curiosities surrounding bodily phenomenology, systems of value, 'the attention economy', post-human media-ecologies, simulacra and historical-technological canons. My intent is to manifest a space to allow the spectator to remind themself of their duty as a steward of the Earth's very real resources and to shed a light of mindfulness to the way

some media imagery and technology can misdirect us from this call to action.

 

The real world art gallery installation (above)

The virtual art gallery installation (below)

 

 An interactive audio component embellishes the immersive experience and expands on my research into a (possible) intelligence in nature. As a means to 'interview' the Earth, I am currently exploring bio-sonification technologies. This 'voice of nature' guides the spectator throughout the piece. 

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