Richard Lemarchand directed a minimalist VR experience with the USC Game Innovation Lab
called Phenomenology, which debuted at IndieCade 2018. It’s a fascinating exploration of the qualitative experiences of simple geometries in a variety of different spaces with different types of lighting and contrasts punctuated by interactive musical game play that was composed by Jacques Brautbar and Prashanth Srinivas.
Architect Andreea Cojocaru asked me if I had seen any minimalist VR experiences, and this experience by Lemarchand immediately came to mind. It’s an elegant exploration of the power of shapes and spaces, and it was inspired by the California Light and Space art movement that started in the 1960s. I talked with Lemarchand at IndieCade 2018 about the inspiration and experiential design process of Phenomenology, as well as some of his philosophical inspirations about the symmetry of time and space, the research on Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and an exploration of minimalist experiential gameplay using interactive music puzzles.
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Here’s the trailer for Phenomenology
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