Staging Narrative Space in VR: On A Tilting Floor (Intersection Between Classic and New Media)

Project information

submitted by
Jisu Kim

Supervising professorship
Prof. Ursula Damm

Dr. -Ing. Sabine Zierold, Dr. Christoph Engemann

Degree programme:
MediaArchitecture (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Project description

There is a personal memory, which does not have any form or tactility. As a medium in this work of art, the personal history metamorphoses to drawings clothed by semiotics, and then to a series of collective and personal experiences in Virtual Reality (VR).

The aim of this project is to create narrative space with mixed media making spectators experience and share a feeling of empathy, as they follow the process of decoding each of the signs, which are spread around as a form of network, and have a conversation in the VR situation. The network consists of two (in)visible spaces: VR experience in the Digital Bauhaus Lab (DBL) and a piece of a drawn scene in a physical environment.

The whole experience in VR starts with the question: “Do we stand on a stable floor?” It will be like experiencing an earthquake in which the trembling is psychological. Soon, the subject of experience in the here and now changes to an artifact in a sinking ferry in 2014. Inside of a cabin on the ferry, there is not going to be a simulation of the ongoing tragedy but rather the instruction of what should have been done. As a third stage, the spectator moves to the compounded panoramic image of memory in 2020 made by me and Soon-Yi, a young Korean girl who lived in Nagasaki, Japan, at the beginning of the 1940s.

*Link 1: Video Documentation of 360° 4K video (6'46")
**Link 2: Thesis Presentation

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