6 min. VR Essay, 2018
Heterotopias is a virtual reality experience based on Michel Foucault’s influential lecture, Des espaces autres. The experience leverages developing eye-tracking technology to transform users’ blinks into cinematic cuts. With every blink, the virtual space alters, producing variable configurations of stereoscopic 360 footage and computer generated models. To complement the ungrounded transformation of space, the series includes spatialized audio and custom furniture, the user is suspended in a hanging chair.
Heterotopias is directed by Noa Kaplan and Szilvia Ruszev at the University of Southern California and has been created with the support of the Jaunt Cinematic Lab and the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab at USC.