Immersive Escapism Installation #1

Immersive Exploration

Last term my practice involved multiple screens projected onto in order to break up the rectangle of the screen we all know well. However, last term all of my screens were situated on the floor of the room for you to walk around, which unfortunately brings attention to the fact that you are in the room looking down onto them, not immersed within the installation. In order to combat this, I have decided I want to projection map onto monumentally large screens that hang from the ceiling, absorbing your field of vision, so that you are in the landscape, not walking around it. Below are images of the projection mapping I have learned to do, onto two of the screens I had used last term, alongside two pieces of wallpaper that hang from the ceiling of the room to the floor. The images here show my installation before I had projection mapped onto the wall behind them, simply showing only the screens and paper. In the future, I will have to crop the footage that I have used, as the paper is very thin and distorts the image beyond recognition. Although this is abstractly aesthetically pleasing, this is not what I am intending to create with my installation.

Below are images after I had projection mapped footage onto the back wall behind the paper and screens, creating a visual landscape that encompasses the entire room. This is far more successful than the images above, as it created a space to explore and become immersed in, not simply screens and paper to look upon.

Below are images captured of my installation after I had altered the composition of the small screens I was using, as I did not like the inclusion of them. It seemed that the reason I determined to use paper from the ceiling (I didn’t want the participants to be removed from the immersion of the installation by looking down upon screens) had returned with the inclusion of these small screens. I have now decided to take these out in the future and have only the wallpaper – and eventually screens – hanging from the room.

Below are some close-up images of the installation that I think are successful. They play with the perception of the image which is something that I enjoy doing within my practice, and the close-ups mimick the P.O.V sights that the participants will see, enabling me to gauge what will be in the participants’ field of vision will see when they are inside the installation and virtual space.


 

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