Forgotten Landscapes: Interactive Virtual Reality in Public Art

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  • Forgotten Landscapes: Interactive Virtual Reality in Public Art

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  • Forgotten Landscapes is a site-specific public art installation of interactive virtual reality (VR) viewing machines. The machines provide a perspective from which to explore a series of 360-degree videos of deserted landscapes filmed at the last-known location of missing persons in Austin, Texas. The piece revisits several cold cases related to women, children, and minorities from 1970’s to the present. Using customized computer vision software all human activity is removed from each landscape while preserving the motion of nature, the sky, trees, grasses, and birds to promote the sense of isolation and emptiness. The project addresses criminal cases against minorities as well as challenges the use of media technology in a public space.

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