These visionary experiences smash the barrier that divides artist and audience, creator and composition, inventor and user. They turn passive observers into active players and immerse them in culture. Dive in.
What does it look and feel like to be enveloped by a song or piece of art? To go inside it so fully, it’s like glimpsing inside the artist’s mind? Meet these creative pioneers, who are using technology to build sensory experiences that blur the line between creator and composition.
Make music out of thin air
“I’m always trying to find out what the secret potential is of technology. What can you do now that you could never have dreamed of before?” – Brian Eno, Artist Go behind the scenes of Brian Eno’s Bloom
“It's very important for fashion to develop this type of relationship with technology, because fashion has not been really innovated in the way we produce, and definitely not in the way we consume.“
- Sofia Barattieri, Fashion Creative
Feel the impact of climate change in mixed reality
- Mel Chin, ArtistMixed reality helps me because it's agony to have thoughts and dreams and visions and not have them realized. Having an opportunity like this conquers that demon—not silencing, but expanding a vision.
Shape sound through human touch
“The goal is to bring the audience and the performer as close together as possible, and to make them feel like they’re part of a unified experience.” – Matthew Dear, Musician Hear Matthew Dear’s interactive music composition
Who gets to experience “culture”? How can the best of human ingenuity be available to all? Find out how these cultural institutions are using technology to create spaces where visitors from around the world can experience science, technology, art, and pop culture in a new way.
- Dr. Mae Jemison, AstronautWe all have wonderful imaginations, so we need to use every perspective we have, and it's incumbent upon organizations to make sure that they actively include people.
“Technology has served us well in that it allows us to make immersive, engaging, interactive storytelling. It’s a good reminder of just how much your quality of life can be improved if you make somebody laugh.”
- Journey Gunderson, Executive Director, National Comedy Center
Trace the path through 3D maps past and present
“For me, it was very interesting to see a place that I’ve been to before, and then experience it through the HoloLens—it’s the same feeling you have, but in a different context. This technology exists to recreate feelings.” – Yves Ubelmann, Architect Witness history from every angle
“We’re bringing a very new experience, combining and fusing the digital space with our physical environment.”
- Elena Soboleva, Project Curator, Artsy
Look under the hood to see the power of invention
“We have thousands of objects in the museum. Without touching them, it’s very hard to ignite your senses, get excited, and really learn about them.” – Michael Bodell, Deputy Director, Petersen Automotive Museum Get a virtual tour of an engineering marvel
Stories are how we humans learn and connect with the world around us. And like humans, stories and the ways we tell them are constantly evolving. These stories, told by visionaries from across the globe, blend the physical and digital to usher in a new era of storytelling.
Experience stories that ignite your senses
FoST (Future of StoryTelling) is bringing together the best and brightest digital artists from around the world to forge a new era of storytelling that captivates the imagination through technology. See the future of storytelling take shape
“We think about breaking the fourth wall in a lot of different ways. It’s allowing people to have agency, and they become an empowered part of the story.”
- Vince Kadlubek, Co-Founder, Meow Wolf in collaboration with FoST
“How can we make people, not just see that they're somewhere else, but use illusion design to have them believe that they're somewhere else?“
- Curtis Hickman, Founder, The Void in collaboration with FoST
“I’m excited about Altspace VR because of the simplicity of bringing people together, giving them the power in their own hands, and having the freedom to talk about their preferences in the way they want to live.”
- Ava Lee Scott, Artistic Director in collaboration with FoST
As technology breaks barriers, the walls around it are coming down, too. Technology that was once seen as inaccessible is now open source and within reach. Learn more about the people and technology behind immersive experiences—and how you can create one of your own.
"The Kinect is everywhere in the installation. As a participant, you're almost always covered when moving through the space."
Charlie Whitney is a creative developer specializing in interactive experiences that use emerging technologies in new and unique ways. He collaborated with Matthew Dear on DELQA, which used Kinect 2 sensors to create an interactive sound installation.Explore the code
Daily tous les jours is an interaction design studio co-founded by Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos with a focus on participation—empowering people to have a place in the stories that are told around them. The studio's technology lead, Eva Schindling, worked on Choreographies for Humans & Stars, an interactive dance installation on permanent exhibit at the Montreal Planetarium.See the code
"Different areas of installation affect the music in different ways, changing or introducing new parts into the music."
Yotam Mann is a musician and programmer working at the intersection of music and technology, creating interactive musical experiences in the form of apps, websites, and installations. He collaborated on the design of the interactive sound installation, DELQA. His current project, Tone.js, is a framework for creating interactive music in the browser.Learn how to use Tone.js
Raycaster is an experience design studio led by Ziv Schneider and shirin anlen that focuses on meaningful and interactive applications of emerging technologies in storytelling and cultural preservation. Ziv and shirin are proponents of open source and community-oriented technologies, and recently exhibited work at the Queens Museum in New York.Try out Raycaster's code
"We're using the Kinect sensor to capture the performance in real time, and transfer it to the virtual world."
Experiential designer Kamil Nawratil, co-founder of VolvoxLabs, collaborated on Neon Indian's live music performance using Kinect 2 sensors to create interactive visuals built for the band's tour.Build on Kamil's code
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