From the forest floor to the tops of the canopy, a strange device projects another creature’s truest sensory. For those with fluid practice channeling their inner Bambi - or the desire to learn - the virtual playground, In the Eyes of the Animal, proves it can transcend human perception.
UK-based concept men Marshmallow Laser Feast are behind this wildly interactive experience where they narrate the ocular frequencies of a dragonfly, an owl, and a frog’s point of view through the lens of virtual reality. The adventure begins with the participant donning a large, moss-faced dome helmet. Visuals sprout panoramically within the treetopia headset plunging the wearer into an alien version of their leafy surroundings - but not before they actually feel and hear the forest pulsating in their bones. Harnessing the user with a sub-pac bass system, the installation literally embodies a multi-sensory, virtual experience with vibrating surround sound. Combined with 360-degree drone filmed landscapes, LiDAR, and CT scanning technologies, In the Eyes of the Animal offers a fully immersive excursion through a mysterious woodland culture.
The journey explores present time and terrain with textures unfamiliar to a human’s naked eye.
The microscopic world dances with bioluminescent amber bulbs pulsing from the forest floor, and analogous circle formations gather plant and animal life before one’s eyes.
If these textures made sounds you’ve probably heard them in a Com Truise album. Sadly, the project ended in September, but MLF has plans to launch again in England in the spring. If you can't wait till then, or prefer to screen an altered reality from the comfort of your own home, the teaser trailer has been released on Vimeo. See you there!