As Carl Sagan famously said, “We are all made of star-stuff.” This VR experience was created to remind us of a fundamental connection to humanity and the universe. Floating in space, your hands are traced as a myriad of constellations while stars emanate from and orbit your body. Moving and playing with the stars, you form a galaxy unique to you and your movements.
At the in-person exhibit, the experience becomes a multi-user one where others appear to you as another set of constellations. The gravitational effects of your bodies draw your stars towards each other, forming a new collaborative and dynamic sculpture in the night sky.
|Multi-user VR Installation
Created by John Desnoyers-Stewart ■ Music: Dale Nichols
John Desnoyers-Stewart is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher who creates immersive installations to encourage new perspectives on immersive technology and to better understand its true potential. Through these installations, he hopes to encourage social connection and collaborative creativity, exploring positive social applications of abstract embodiment in virtual reality.
Dale Nichols is a Canadian pianist and composer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes and arranges for piano and orchestra,
performs live, and creates music for film and other media.
In June 2020, Nichols released “Upon Return”. The track exemplifies his intimate solo piano style, weaving atmospheric sounds with melancholic beauty, performed on the una corda, a single-string upright piano.