MICRO-UTOPIA The Imaginary Potential of Home

Location-based Virtual Reality Experience
by Paula Strunden

Exhibitions >>> https://micro-utopia.org/About

In response to London’s pressing housing crisis, the location-based VR experience ‘Micro-Utopia: The Imaginary Potential of Home’ proposes a shared, immersive and interactive version of a home, where space is born from the finely-tuned sensorial interplay between the body and virtual/physical objects connected to the Internet of Things.

A chair invites us to stay with it for a moment; we crawl through a demanding fireplace; our hands are washed in a bowl of digital liquid – the highly speculative model of domesticity explores the architectural implication of co-inhabiting a minimal physical infrastructure within infinite highly bespoke virtual worlds.

Drawing on radical art practice, interiors in historical painting and contemporary product design, Micro-Utopia is the dream of a house that is nothing, but the parameters of our perception triggered through the metaphorical dimension of the objects we interact with on a daily basis.

The installation has been exhibited at the ‘Expanded Realities Exhibition’ OPEN CITY DOCS Festival London Sep 5-9 2018, OBJECT Rotterdam Feb 8-10 2019, FRAME LAB Amsterdam Feb 20-21 February 2019 and NEUS Nijmegen 7 Apr – 12 May 2019.

Actrice: Chandni Patel
Voice: Bodo Neuss
Music/Sound Effects: In collaboration with Kevin Pollard

The VR experience was developed as part of ‘Micro-Utopia’, a Masters Thesis undertaken at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in Unit 24 (Penelope Haralambidou, Michael Tite and Keiichi Matsuda). Special thanks also to Robin Wilson (Thesis Supervisor), Fabian Strunden and Evert Klinkenberg.

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