Breathing Life Through VR

Marshmallow Laser Feast EVOLVER (2023). Source: BMW Group

Marshmallow Laser Feast, a collective from London, created EVOLVER, an innovative VR project merging art, science, and tech. It plunges viewers into the inner workings of the human body, tracking oxygen’s path from lungs to a solitary “breathing” cell. Cate Blanchett and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood contributed to the project, alongside scientists from esteemed research centers.

EVOLVER’s captivating journey within the human body’s microcosm mirrors the macrocosm of nature. As air moves from the mouth, into the lungs, through the complex pathways of the cardiovascular system, and back out into the natural environment, it helps viewers visualize the rhythmic breathing process.

Showcased at the Opera Gallery of the Polish National Opera, EVOLVER commences with a ten-minute audio meditation, guided by Blanchett’s soothing voice, in a specially designed relaxation space.

Participants then transition to a VR experience, donning goggles to embark on a twenty-minute virtual odyssey through the human body, tracing the journey of oxygen to an individual cell. The exhibition concludes with an epilogue in the form of a gallery featuring digital pieces by Marshmallow Laser Feast members and a film expanding on the narrative of the experience.

Featured Image: Marshmallow Laser Feast, EVOLVER (2023). Source: BMW Group


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