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Elemental Spaces / Elementalraum
xR interactive mixed reality installation - work in progress
Elemental Space is a meditation on how the classical Western four elements (air, water, fire/energy, earth) are interwoven in the ecosystem of our planet - vital for life on this planet, but so ubiquitous we take them for granted.
Dr. Marin Reljic is observing the project from his standpoint as musicologist and media art historian. The following 2 minute extract is his spontaneous commentary upon first experiencing the current prototype, exhibited thanks to xR Hub Bavaria at the Festival of the Future, Munich. (English subtitles from 00:50 on.)
Full ~9 minute experience of Elemental Space, showing live recording plus screen capture of what Marin was seeing in the VR headset. Thanks to xR Hub Bavaria and Festival of the Future, Munich.
Current updated version of the full, user directed prototype experience (~11 minutes).
It is also a personal investigation to understand how the chemical elements - atoms - that predominate in the classical elements are involved in life-sustaining cycles. I use the beautiful Lewis dot structures that depict valence electrons bondings atoms together into molecules to visualize the invisible substances that make up the most important chemicals in the four elements.
The visitors' interactions with the physical components of the installation - four bowls, containing representations of the four classical elements - release these Lewis structures into virtual spaces that show their effects and interactions with each other.
The gallery installation has four bowls, each containing a representation of one of the elements. The bowls and their supporting pedestals exist in both the real and the virtual worlds. Visitors grasp the bowls in both real and virtual worlds.
Cyanobacteria developed the capability to photosynthesize, which in the Great Oxygenation Event produced the oxygen that humans and other animals need to survive - and enabled fire, which we humans are using to return the Earth's atmosphere back to the toxic mixture that preceded this event.