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VR Coral Reef
by Colleen Flanigan
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Title:
VR Coral Reef

Author:
Colleen Flanigan

Description:
This is a single photo from within the 3D VR coral reef ecosystem I am working on. There is a wide variety of scenes in progress. The idea is to create an immersive experience for participants to enter and feel some of the sensations of wonder, curiosity and delight that is found in the colorful, vibrant ocean environment. When I received an artist-in-residence with Google's Tilt Brush in August 2016, https://www.tiltbrush.com/air/artists/colleen-flanigan/ it was one of the highlights of my year to spend hours playing in that world! All the experimental brushes and tools to create instantly with magic wands was like being in another universe. I could change scale, color, texture and line quality with simple movements, giving me a lighter way of making than I am accustomed in the world of metalsmithing and sculpture. Rather than feeling like I was avoiding the real world, as some people express, it was another extension of positive creativity and true connection with myself as a sentient being powered by the gift of imagination that we all have when given the opportunity to explore it. For The Universal Sea, I would like to complete one or more immersive VR coral reef pieces for audience to participate by entering this 360 3D place and open a dialogue about corals and our ocean from this place of play and solution seeking. I have spent time working on coral restoration, giving me quiet hours observing the polyps, the tentacles, the colors, and forms, as well as the fish, algae, and other marine life. Taking time to let these things emerge from my memory bank into a fantastical representation is healing to me in a time of true sadness about the loss of corals and other wildlife due to our ignorance and damaging acts on Earth. I cannot stop being an artist or maker without also damaging myself, and then what use am I to serve. Diving into the creative zone to discover brings me some inner peace and love that can emanate. I think this concept is critical to convey and encourage at a time when so many leaders and decision makers pretend that art and creativity are luxuries or extraneous. No, they are central to our problem-solving capabilities, cultural existence, and compassionate connection to one another and all species. Life is mysterious and serious, and we need to highlight the beauty, humor, truth, and strength that pours out of people when they ground themselves in artistic pursuits. This source of expression can have great impact to transform our relationships with ourselves and the sea. The more we sensitize ourselves to our surroundings from a holistic viewpoint, the more we will protect and nurture it.
Description:
This is a single photo from within the 3D VR coral reef ecosystem I am working on. There is a wide variety of scenes in progress. The idea is to create an immersive experience for participants to enter and feel some of the sensations of wonder, curiosity and delight that is found in the colorful, vibrant ocean environment. When I received an artist-in-residence with Google's Tilt Brush in August 2016, https://www.tiltbrush.com/air/artists/colleen-flanigan/ it was one of the highlights of my year to spend hours playing in that world! All the experimental brushes and tools to create instantly with magic wands was like being in another universe. I could change scale, color, texture and line quality with simple movements, giving me a lighter way of making than I am accustomed in the world of metalsmithing and sculpture. Rather than feeling like I was avoiding the real world, as some people express, it was another extension of positive creativity and true connection with myself as a sentient being powered by the gift of imagination that we all have when given the opportunity to explore it. For The Universal Sea, I would like to complete one or more immersive VR coral reef pieces for audience to participate by entering this 360 3D place and open a dialogue about corals and our ocean from this place of play and solution seeking. I have spent time working on coral restoration, giving me quiet hours observing the polyps, the tentacles, the colors, and forms, as well as the fish, algae, and other marine life. Taking time to let these things emerge from my memory bank into a fantastical representation is healing to me in a time of true sadness about the loss of corals and other wildlife due to our ignorance and damaging acts on Earth. I cannot stop being an artist or maker without also damaging myself, and then what use am I to serve. Diving into the creative zone to discover brings me some inner peace and love that can emanate. I think this concept is critical to convey and encourage at a time when so many leaders and decision makers pretend that art and creativity are luxuries or extraneous. No, they are central to our problem-solving capabilities, cultural existence, and compassionate connection to one another and all species. Life is mysterious and serious, and we need to highlight the beauty, humor, truth, and strength that pours out of people when they ground themselves in artistic pursuits. This source of expression can have great impact to transform our relationships with ourselves and the sea. The more we sensitize ourselves to our surroundings from a holistic viewpoint, the more we will protect and nurture it.
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