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How Artists Use Virtual Reality Booths to Defy Physics


As the name implies, The physical world is governed - and constrained - by the laws of physics: what goes up, must come down. For artists, these limitations can spark innovation and creativity. But in its natural definition, a limit is a boundary - which is something artists often like to break.

Virtual reality can be used to defy the laws of physics - laws that create divides between what is possible and what is not. The Maverick VR team made our ways to Miami this week, where we worked with Leelee Kimmel to bring her gravity-defying, virtual reality masterpiece, wormhole, to attendees of "The Art of Blockchains". Hosted at the Koolhaus-designed Faena building, The Art of Blockchain was a half-day event that took place on December 4th. It brought together artists and technologists, Kimmel included.

When describing her piece in an interview with Dazed Digital, Kimmel explains “It’s [Wormhole] kind of like death… but brightly colored." Kimmel continues to explain that the intricate and confusing nature of the human brain-inspired her piece, wormhole. “I was trying to create an experience of jumping through time and space. Feeling enormous one moment, and then small like an atomic particle or a piece of DNA the next”, Kimmel explains.

The piece is mesmerizing (see here for the 2-dimensional video of the artwork), and it showcases the awesome collaboration that can occur between art & VR. Her piece demonstrates that virtual reality is an artistic medium unlike any other; What goes up, doesn't need to come down.

For context, the application that Kimmel used to create her artwork is Google's Tilt Brush, which happens to be the same application used in Jimmy Fallon's VR Pictionary Game that he often plays with guests on his show. Tilt Brush allows users to draw and build within a physical 3-dimensional space, and it's one of our favorite applications to bring with our virtual reality booths. The application results in more "wow"s and "oooh"s than we can ever count! The Maverick VR Team experiences a lot of joy when we watching people approach our VR booth, grab a headset, and enter a world where your imagination is the only limitation.

Below we highlighted some other provoking works of art created in Tilt Brush

dots by Andrea Zvinakis

This piece is one of our favorites. It's simple, yet dynamic. We uploaded Zvinakis' artwork into one of our virtual reality booths and were entranced. Be sure to check this one out!

Koi Fish by Midhun Kumar

Wow! Kumar does a great job with this one. He does a great job incorporating different textures and bright colors into his Koi. A sight to see!

3D Portrait - Step 9 - Final! by Elizabeth Edwards

One of the most technically impressive pieces of art we've encountered. When we uploaded this into our VR booths, our teams' jaws dropped.

Clean Museum - DO NOT REMIX by 3Dominus

Clean Museum does a great job of showcasing the features and capabilities of creating within a 3-dimensional space. 3Dominus' synthetic room is wonderfully realistic but imaginative

Looking to add a unique, immersive, and exciting new experience to your event? Skip the boring photo booth and choose an amazing experience that your guests will be talking about for years to come with virtual reality!


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