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A virtual installation immerses the viewer in a reactive environment of a changing architecture

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September 20, 2021

Grace Ebert

“Medusa.” All images courtesy of the London Design Festival, shared with permission

A pioneering collaboration between Japanese architects Sou Fujimoto (before) and Tin drum, a production studio and technology developer, is bringing an undulating, reactive installation into the 2021 London design festival, but the immersive artwork is only visible through a headset. Located at the intersection of architecture and virtual reality, “Medusa” consists of monochrome columns that seem to hang from the ceiling in a wavy environment. While the spectators wander through Raphael Court in Victoria and Albert Museum where the work is exhibited, the reacting structure shifts and changes its composition in light and form.

The work is inspired by the dynamic representations of the aurora borealis and underwater bioluminescence, two phenomena manifested through the animated qualities and changing patterns of Fujimoto’s curved shapes. “This is the first time that I have designed architecture with non-physical materials – it uses light and pure space,” he said in a statement. “It’s an architectural experience, but completely new and different.”

“Medusa” can be seen until September 26th.

#architecture
#Digital
#Immersive
#Installation
#bright
#virtual reality

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