London-based collective Marshmallow Laser Feast has proven themselves as one of the leading virtual reality creators in the world with groundbreaking works such as In the Eyes of the Animal (exhibited globally at leading festivals, 2016 Wired Innovation Award for “Innovation in Experience Design”) and Treehugger Wawona (2017 Tribeca Storyscapes Award).
Their latest and most ambitious installation, We live in an Ocean of Air, debuted at London’s Saatchi Gallery in December 2018. With overwhelming responses from the audience, the exhibition has now been extended to May 2019.
Created in partnership with HTC VIVE Arts, this multisensory installation harnesses the emotive power of virtual reality, and illuminates the invisible process of breathing—converting oxygen into carbon dioxide, providing a vivid, visual window into a scientific process that takes places just beyond our human perception.
Fitted with world-class VIVE Pros, visitors venture into an untethered virtual reality simulation and walk through an ancient, digital forest with a cloud-soaring Sequoia tree at its center. Their real-time breaths drift out from their bodies as a flying cluster of red CO2 dots and into the tree, which converts the air molecules into bright, blue oxygen dots. Through the power of virtual reality, We live in an Ocean of Air immerses visitors in the powerful and shared activity of breathing. Enhanced by breath and heart sensors, binaural sound, scent dispersal systems, and wind machines, the work ultimately aims to shape our understanding of the incredibly intimate, rhythmic relationship between humans and nature.
Marshmallow Laser Feast’s virtual journey We live in an Ocean of Air was created in collaboration with visual artist Natan Sinigaglia and composer and sound artist Mileece I’Anson. The exhibition is open to the public until May 5, 2019 at the Saatchi Gallery in London.