Symbiosis is a performative, multi-sensory and multi-user VR experience inspired by Donna Haraway's book Staying With The Trouble, making physically tangible post human body architectures within a post humanistic social context, questioning current Humanistic, Anthropocentric and Liberal beliefs. Symbiosis is created by POLYMORF commissioned by STRP and Breda Photo.

Humans are technologic agents harnessing power over the natural world. Our current Anthropocentric and Humanistic beliefs have a profound negative impact on the planet's ecosystem and biodiversity, but we can use the same technology in a more healing way. Nature can be infused with new genetically altered life forms, (chemical) robots, hybrid technologies, or autonomous intelligent systems. A post human biotope might be rich, and teaming with new artificial or enhanced biochemical life, sharing, resources, habitats, bodies and information in an inclusive way on the premise of symbioses. Symbiosis is a multi-sensory and performative VR installation in which the human body is redesigned. We investigate how the exchange of genetic, cultural and technological traits between people and other living entities can increase or change the agency of all things with agency. How will such affect future mutual legal rights and relationships between humans and other living entities on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level?

The installation consists out of a performative space that offers a multi-user VR experience for 4 -8 visitors simultaneously. Within Symbiosis the visitor is both a spectator and a performer. Within the performance the physical body of the visitor is used as a muscle to control a virtual body. By partially fixating limbs or repositioning the body, the physical possibilities of the human body are altered and re-embodied. Each scenario will come with a uniquely designed "soft robotic wearable". This silicone wearable can swell or change shape by air pressure, facilitating touch interaction between the four visitors and with the performance environment. Generating haptic stimuli coherent with the virtual body that is selected. In this way the human embodiment is redesigned in an alienating way. The experiences within the 4 separate VR experiences build towards a collective eating ritual, sharing virtual foods or the virtual body as food. For this, a series of special designed food snacks will facilitate unexpected taste sensations to the virtual food. The all-vegetarian food snacks wil be designed by the Michelin Star master chefs of the Karpendonkse Hoeve, Eindhoven.

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SYMBIOSIS is created by POLYMORF commissioned by STRP and Breda Photo.
Produced by Polymorf in collaboration with Studio Biarritz.
Designed by: Marcel van Brakel, concept, scenario and art direction.
Mark Meeuwenoord, coding pneumatics engineering and sound design.
Luciano Pinna, interaction, coding and hardware integration. Roberto Digiglio & Edwin Kuipers, 3D modeling and animation. Karpendonkse Hoeve, food design. Corine Meyers, producer. Marieke Nooren, sales and partnerships. Maurice Spapens, wearable’s. Additional design team, design research, 3D modeling and coding: Gal Kinan, Wouter van Meegdenburg, Elja Rutters, Richelle Smits, Paul Staring, Bram Ockeloen, Audrey Ristawati.Special thanks to: Rob van der Veeken & Ingrid van Eeghem, Wander Eikelboom, Theo Andriessen, Ton van Gool and the STRP team, Gieske Bienert and Synchron.The project was supported by the Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab, Nederlandse Film Fonds and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. Also Thanks to Donna Haraway and Duke University press for allowing the use of ideas from " The Camille Stories: Children of Compost," in Staying with the Trouble, written by Donna Haraway. Copyright, 2016, Duke University Press.

 

 

 

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SYMBIOSIS is created by POLYMORF commissioned by STRP and Breda Photo.
Designed by: Marcel van Brakel, concept, scenario and art direction.
Mark Meeuwenoord, coding pneumatics engineering and sound design.
Luciano Pinna, interaction, coding and hardware integration. Edwin Kuipers, 3D modeling and animation. Karpendonkse Hoeve, food design. Corine Meyers, producer. Marieke Nooren, sales and partnerships. Maurice Spapens, soft robotic wearable’s.Additional design team, design research, 3D modeling and coding: Gal Kinan, Richelle Smits, Bram Ockeloen, Elja Rutters, Wouter van Meegdenburg. Special thanks to: Rob van der Veeken & Ingrid van Eeghem, Wander Eikelboom, Theo Andriessen, Ton van Gool and the STRP team, Gieske Bienert and Synchron.

SYMBIOISIS has been made possible with funding from Nederlandse Film Fonds and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. Also Thanks to Donna Haraway and Duke University press for allowing the use of ideas from " The Camille Stories: Children of Compost," in Staying with the Trouble, written by Donna Haraway. Copyright, 2016, Duke University Press.

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