Installation: Mutable VR by Chris Speed

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Mutable VR, Chris Speed (2019)

Chris Speed is an audio-visual artist from London who creates visual abstractions across moving images. His work is a cross-section of 3d, audio-visual design and synthesis – resulting in some pretty mind-bending art! Chris has worked on a variety of projects, from music videos and promos to live projections for art and music events.

Mutable VR is an immersive virtual reality installation and a live performance by audiovisual artist Chris Speed. Situated within the world-class Sonics Immersive Media Labs (SIML), Mutable VR utilises the space to its fullest potential through panoramic projection and surround sound. Conceptually inspired by wave-particle duality in quantum mechanics and posthuman phenomenology, this project explores an embodied experience of microsound.

The artwork combines the latest VR technology with custom software to connect real-time particle simulations to music and redefine how we perceive our bodies within virtual worlds. As the piece progresses, your hands will begin to evolve over time as the user is gradually diffracted into the environment.

Mutable VR will be publicly displayed as part of the Goldsmiths MA/MFA Computational Arts degree show from September 5 to 8, 2019, at the St James Hatcham Building.

(Media courtesy of the artist)
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