The Umbrella Project

Photo by Stefan Dux, © ZHdK 2020

The Umbrella Project is an ongoing research project that explores the use of 3D audio and projection mapping to achieve a sense of immersion without isolating participants from the real world; essentially, enabling an imaginary fantasy world come to life in our own. We employ multiple levels of 3D audio and projection mapping (both directly within and on the umbrella, as well as throughout the room itself) in order to transport the participant into this virtual world.

The end goal of the project is to create a series of navigable compositions in the form exploratory sonic worlds, as well as intereactive experiences where the participants’ behaviours (relative to each other and the world) shape the sonic and visual environment. Furthermore, we are investigating sonic and visual paradigms where the umbrellas can function both as objects that exist in (and can interact with) the virtual world, as well as windows into these other worlds.

Naturally, these environments are best experienced from directly underneath the umbrella, where one can best appreciate the various levels of MR.

At the REFRESH conference, there will be short performance demonstrating some of the early results as a teaser of what is to come: Friday, Sept 18th, 19:30h at the Immersive Arts Space.

Crew:
Eric Larrieux (lead), Stella Speziali, Martin Fröhlich, Corinne Soland, Mariana Vieira Grünig