DODO VR Workshop

Virtual Reality workshop at Ars Electronica with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary TBA 21 Academy 2022

Deepwaters of Digital Oceans (DODO) is a week-long research-based series of events focused on engagement with exponential technologies through the prism of the Ocean. #dodotba21 #deepwaters #digitalocean #newtechnologies #oceandata #saveouroceans #criticaloceanliteracy #blueplanet

Three intensive in-person workshops held by invited artists, scholars, and researchers, conducted to create multidisciplinary teams for mutual learning. The expected outputs of the workshops are online projects in the form of blogs, web presentations, application proposals, as well as speculative future scenarios. Some of the workshops results will be presented and discussed during the DODO symposium (December 5–7).

Virtual spaces – Immersive experience - Led by Yara Feghali
The globe, the blue planet, defines the realities into which we are built. We can plan and project through imagination and collective synthesis, designing frameworks, and unlearning. Empathy and closeness are key elements of desirable future scenarios. Can we get closer through virtual experiences? How to extend beyond the physical? How to imagine the unknown spaces that are inaccessible to us? Can we open a shifted understanding and reset our perception through virtual experiences of oceanic feeling and blue perspectives?

We developed a proposal for a VR game/experience during the DODO VR workshop, using VR potential for empathy and embodiment to simulate oceanic feelings. Will dive into the power of narratives within a VR embodied experience to initiate care about deepwaters through spatializing the oceanic archive data. The proposal is to visit the wonders of the abyssal world by becoming part of a Siphonophore colony and learning to swim and live in the dark waters. The adventure game acts as a search engine for the ocean archive of TBA 21 Academy, and the more you play, the more you learn about the stories of the deepwaters and develop care for that ecosystem.

Photographs by Katarina Rakuscek of TBA 21 Academy.
Folly Feast Lab workshop - 2022 - - Ars Electronica - Linz, Austria.
Yara Feghali / 2023