Living Distance is a contemporary piece of immersive art from China that casts the audience in the role of a tooth that takes a celestial journey into space. Director Xin Liu 刘昕 is an artist and mechanical engineer, who built a physical, crystalline robotic sculpture that containing a tooth that was actually sent into suborbital space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard Mission NS-11 rocket ship as a part of MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative. The installation consisted of a dual-screen video installation documenting the journey into space, and then you take the perspective of the tooth within the actual VR experience.
One of the most striking aspects of Living Distance was their collaboration with D-BOX technologies in order to create the illusion of zero gravity with haptic effects that simulate the feelings of weightlessness and being lost in space. I had a chance to catch up with lead artist Xin Liu and LumiereVR producer and collaborator QinYa (Jenny) Guo (previously interviewed in episode #659) about their experiential design process, creating haptic experiences, and the deeper cultural rituals around teeth in China.
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