Submergence transforms physical space into a Mixed Reality environment where virtual and real worlds coincide. The result is an immersive walk through experience that uses light to alter our perceptions of space and presence.
The experience is akin to walking through an abstract virtual environment, where pixels on a screen are replaced by thousands of points of light floating in space. These points of light create evocations and atmospheres, presence and movement, in physical space.
Submergence is a new project that continues Squidsoup’s explorations into placing digital media in physical space, blurring boundaries between what is real and what is computer generated by creating responsive, immersive and dynamic hybrid installation environments.
Squidsoup is an international group of artists, researchers and designers, from UK, Norway and New Zeland, working with digital and interactive media experiences. Their work combines sound, physical space and virtual worlds to produce immersive and emotive headspaces where participants can take an active role in their experience. We explore the modes and effects of interactivity, looking to make digitally mediated experiences where meaningful and creative interaction can occur. Squidsoup’s work has been shown at numerous festivals, seminars and galleries around the world. Recognition includes an honorary mention at Prix FILE LUX (Interactive Art, 2010), an International EMMA for Best On-line Art (2000) and a BAFTA nomination (Interactive Arts 2002). We have a permanent exhibit at Royal Society of New Zealand’s Headquarters in Wellington (NZ).