"Dome of Gated Ecologies" (2017)   VR, duration 3 minutes HTC Vive  Inspired by Amazon's current bio-dome offices under construction ( link) , I have developed a simulation in virtual reality that positions visitors inside a bio-dome located in a future desert landscape with gated communities. The rocks, palms, buildings and dirt have been developed from photographic textures and photogrammetry (A technique used to convert real-life objects into 3D models). In the scene, a TV screen display my own video recording of a horse that I found while exploring failed desert tourist infrastructures.   Kim Laughton, Alan Warburton, Rachel Rossin and I have been invited by DIS and Scatter to individually respond to the theme of "Styles and Customs of the 2020s". The result of this commission will be on display at The Hillman Initiative of photography at Canegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg, opening March 16th.  "Debuting March 16 in CMOA’s Hall of Architecture, the VR experience takes users from a primeval cave setting, where wall paintings are animated by flickering firelight, and uncanny scenes in the not-too-distant future.  Styles and Customs of the 2020s  presents a digital dystopia inflected by rapid climate change, social unrest, and shifting global economics. The work was commissioned by the Hillman Photography Initiative, based on the prompt:  How do new photographic technologies shape the virtual realm?"   Collaborating artists: Kim Laughton, Rachel Rossin, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, and Alan Warburton.  Writing by Tyler Coburn, Nick DeMarco, Khalid Al Garaballi, Tue Greenfort, Julia Moritz, Victoria Ivanova, Marvin Jordan, Jane Long, Toke Lykkeberg, Chus Martinez, Shawn Maximo, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Timur Si­-Qin, David Andrew Tasman, Agatha Wara, and Andrew Norman Wilson. Virtual Reality Director: Alexander Porter. Lead Producer: Mei-Ling Wong. Technical Director / Lead Developer: Elliott Mitchell. 3D Assistant: Jillian Morrow. Associate Producer: Anna Henson.  Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.  For more information follow this link:   http://press.cmoa.org/2017/03/01/cmoa-opens-new-vr-experience/
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