The Haven is a VR Meditation installation that combined physical installation design, projection mapping and Virtual Reality application and collaborated with Marina Roselli. The core idea is to challenge the reversion of information from the physical and virtual world. And as artists, the purpose was to guide people to reflect their present state and question the distraction from mass information.
The concept is coming from the rethinking of distraction from social media and sense of meditation. The meditation brings back the self-identity and reflection of the relationship between the people and environment while excessive addiction to social media to gain information outside. We reverse the bound of the physical and virtual world, create the overwhelming of social media notification in the real world while audience could find their peaceful mind in VR headset. We gained the data and notification sounds from Facebook social media and projected the sound visualisation on the installation, which evokes a sense of annoyance as users instinctually check their phones. The colourful data stream projection reflects the vivid abundant mass information from Internet world which absorbs people's energy and attention in reality.
In the VR experience, we designed the simple minimal visuals with strong emotional impact. Once people inside the virtual world, the user will initially see a black or darken virtual environment simulating the transition of closing their eyes and entering into an imagined, meditative visualization. Comprised of a virtual environment, the user is presented with a naturalistic setting evoking a sense of serenity. Each beat of the story has a specific intent to build up the intended emotional journey. We also combined the audio like meditation bells and scents like petrichor and lavender to create a multi-sensory synaesthesia experience.
In the two videos below, the first video you can see a short version 360 video used for the 1st prototype (can be viewed with VR cardboard). In the second video, you can see a 360 automatic slideshow video of 5 different frames (can be viewed in VR cardboard). These frames are rendered at the higher quality.
3D artist and VR UX designer: Marina Roselli
3D artist and sound designer: Jimmz Zhang
Software: Cinema4D, Touchdesigner, After Effects, Ableton Live.