Friday 4th September, 2015
4:45pm to 5:30pm
Does the current state of head-mounted and projected virtual world technology extend or limit human experience? Using our eyes to navigate worlds, creating empathic emotions, challenging social behavior and cooperation in immersive virtual worlds are the critical questions that makers and educators of these forms of media are asking. In this talk, Anezka Sebek, Associate Professor Media Design will review 10 Parsons School of Design projects that explore therapeutic effects, user-driven stories, and unusual perspectives that challenge how we experience physio-virtual realities. For example, in Henry Lam’s Unequal Paired Cooperative Controls, two users hang suspended from a life-sized wooden seesaw to cooperatively play a game in a virtual cityscape. On the opposite side ofthe spectrum, Geyao Zhang's project allows users to leap tall buildings with a “walking fingers” motion so that they can navigate to a world beyond a world. Our empathic responses are activated when we walk through Lucy Bonner’s city of lascivious men who call out sexual innuendos. In Kamille Rodriguez’ Poison women are raised in industrial meat pens in a world run by pigs. In Alec McClure’s Oral Perspectives, absurd situations are triggered by a jaw sensor combined with the visual interface as the point of view is shifted to the back of the user’s throat. Betty Quinn’s Rokurokubi invites theuser to empathize with uncanny characters to redefine the idea of body and personhood. Barbara Campagnoni’s work with a team of psychotherapists created an anxiety calming mobile application that can also be experienced virtually. Bo Pu and Ben Miller collaborated to create an environment where we have to discover and explore the scene of a recently committed crime. All projects demonstrated students’ imaginations were uninhibited as they produced immersive worlds with new technologies.
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