An immersive installation envisaging how future virtual work practices may become more tactile, intuitive, and embodied in physical acts.
A location-based VR experience commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts in London in December 2018, and supported by the Netherlands Stimuleringsfonds for digital culture. The installation was installed as part of the RA’s Invisible Landscapes: Imagination (Act III) exhibition from February-March 2019.
Experienced through a virtual-reality headset, viewers adopted the first-person perspective of a virtual architect, and were led through a series of mixed-reality spaces. Participants explored an abstracted work-life scenario extending virtually from the Royal Academy’s architecture studio, where the creation and inhabitation of physical architecture had become fully entangled with its digital sibling.
A series of hybrid interactive architectural fragments and objects sat at the core of the experience, encouraging surprise moments of wonder, and linking experiences of the two worlds together. As a participant, your past day’s digital labour stored on silicon became embodied in a weighty piece of silicone fruit, calling out to you to be picked and processed, which grew into your sassy yet demanding guide throughout the bizarre meta-studio.