Final Immersive Escapism Installation

Footage:

For my installation, it is necessary for only one person to experience it at a time. Once each participant has seen it, they can then experience it together, however, at this point it will not become an immersive installation, but something they look upon together and share merely as an experience.
Below are the videos that will be projection mapped onto the perspex sheets and back wall.


 

Reflections

The immersive installation I have created is not what I wanted it to be. Due to this, I am unsure whether I’m not a fan of it because it’s not how I imagined it in my head, or because it’s actually terrible. I’ve been very absorbed in everything this term, therefore I’ve not been able to give myself time to be as reflexive of the work as I usually am. Because of this, I am extremely blind sighted and apprehensive about the participants receiving my installation.

In my head, the plastic sheets were going to act like glass (I know I know) and NOT reflect so much light into the back of the room, that the glass panes from last term absorbed. Because of the refraction of this white light into the back of the room, it brightens the entire room, therefore impacting the quality of the projection. This is something I will attempt to combat over the Easter break hopefully ready for next term.

With regard to the polygonal rocks, it would obviously be so much awesome to have them as BOULDERS, that take up large amounts of space, for others to walk around and simply add to the immersion of the installation. This falls under the category of ‘too expensive’ for me, in terms of plaster, somehow creating a mold to cast this in, as I do not want to make them from MDF, although I might have to. I don’t want to make them from MDF because papering them may warp the sawdust-y wood; Pat Flynn (the one who makes large ones mentioned on my research blog) makes them with MDF and poster-like images of the textures, which I might have to attempt, however, with the plaster and smaller scale for this term, I think that they have turned out well. At least a lot better than the cardboard attempt.

It’s been weird to see my passion for art deteriorate due to the mental health problems I experience. Actually, I don’t think it’s my passion that’s dwindling, or my enthusiasm, it’s just my ability to get up every day. This has impacted my work over the course of this term, which is why I wanted to put the mental health aspect into my installation, via the excerpt from Neilson and the ‘enabling’ hours I’ve spent on Skyrim. Because no world is perfect, and by adding this into the immersive world I have created within my installation, perhaps it adds to the realism of the world. Skyrim is my enabler for my habit of escapism and when I disassociate, therefore at face value it may not even occur to the participant that the subject of mental health is weaved into the installations’ foundations but it is because it came from me. It’s a product of my consciousness, therefore my emotions and life will inevitably be weaved into it, no matter how much I try not to. I don’t know how I feel about this.

As a whole, maybe I can change the way I install my work next term and make it something a little more interactive. It’d be interesting to see others interact with my world I create within the Skyrim creation kit, maybe I can be inspired by literature again. I really liked the bridging of my work with a play, especially as I connect with it personally and it’s also an immersive virtual world in itself. And I do love my research.


 

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