EAI DIONE 2021- 2nd EAI International Conference on Data and Information
Racelar Ho; Sarah Vollmer
March 10-12th, 2021
• Florianópolis, Brazil, Cyberspace
• Session: Main Track
• Project: Luminiferous Funeral Journeying in Delusional Pavilions
In response to the growing climate crisis, Luminiferous Funeral is an interdisciplinary Virtual Reality (VR) game-artwork with a physical-sensory perception installation. This work focuses on exploring the invisible erosion of climate change and environmental breakdown by offering audiences an opportunity to dialogue with nature and seeks to focus participants on the inner communication with one's self about the essential nature of life and death.
The relationship to nature is harnessed by our digital curation system in which we seek collaborative interactivity from others - encouraging them to journey within their local nature space and document their phenomenological relationship with the environment through sound clips, sketches, video, photographs, and other forms of digital media. These personal stories and expressions of nature form a collection of culturally infused ‘data’ which is uploaded to our virtual world-making framework and catalogued for interpretation by our custom-built artificial intelligence (AI) curator. Through communication with corresponding environmental and climate scientists, and by combining this user-centric data input with known local climate and weather models, the content of our VR world is produced, and edited, in real time – the playable game-art is a continuously evolving source of entertainment- downloadable game patches periodically transform the player’s VR world. Initial content will be pulled from existing artworks, images, and climate data and as such we can begin this phase of the project without the need to work around COVID-19 measures and external participation.
A critical aspect of the curated experience rests on the participant’s capacity to interact with the VR world through the stimulation of a touch-based discourse. Spatial recognition is transmitted as one explores the world through haptic feedback situated over the entire body - with specific attention positioned at the hands. We therefore consider the integration of custom haptic technology and kinaesthesic experiences that evolve alongside, and are influenced by, the content evolution of the submitted climate data, to reflect the suggested importance of making tangible these perceivably more abstract and displaced environmental issues. With a Zen inspired ideology, our cloud-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems employ Natural Language Processing (NLP) on texts describing eastern and western philosophies of nature, power, fear and love, space and environment which are crafted into poetic expressions, and physical interpretations of, this ongoing accumulation of climate content and used to create the downloadable game content.
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