Breathe is a Magic Leap, mixed reality experience with four people in shared environment that uses a biometric sensor measuring chest movements in order to explore how our breathing connects us to each other and to the atmosphere. It’s a powerful example of how mixed reality can help us to visualize dynamics that were previously invisible, and how being able to see this exchange of breath can help to feel more connected to the world around us.
I had a chance to talk with director and transdicsiplinary artist Diego Galafassi, and XR artist & key collaborator Stephen Mangiat, who used to work at Magic Leap where he worked on Tónandi. We talk the evolution of this project, the experiential design process, and why using a particle effect aesthetic encourages interactions and provides a powerful way to visualize how we exchange air with the people around us.
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