When I was looking last week for a "kind-of-experiential and entertaining" art exhibition, I found myself getting tickets for We live in an Ocean of air created by Marshmallow Laser Feast in collaboration with Natan Sinigaglia and Mileece I'Anson.
This is a VR (virtual reality) experience revealing the fluids of nature and the interconnections between living things like us and the rest of nature.
The experience starts in a dark room of the Saatchi Gallery where you see a giant screen with dreamy images of nature. Then, you are invited to enter the VR zone where someone equip you with a computer on your back, wrists sensors, VR headsets and headphones detecting your heartbeat.
Once the brief done, you enter the VR world and this is magic.
You can see a huge sequoia in front of you. You exhale and see your breath in sparkling blue particles that you can touch. You see your hands and other participants bodies in red particles (like oxygenated blood).
When you start navigating into this world, you realize you can go into this huge sequoia and see its fluids, and you become part of those fluids. The ground disappears, you are levitating in the middle of the tree life and catching its energy he is creating.
You can walk, have a sit, lay down, all the positions are a good experience. The fact you can see your own breath makes you take deep breathes so you are fully relieved of any stress.
When the experience ends, you are relaxed and do not want to take off your mask.
This exhibition is a great connection with nature or how to "illuminate the invisible" that most of the people do not see or forgot. We can appreciate the true connection of this virtual experience and how it can affect your mind in the real life, becoming more conscious of nature and aware of every natural thing surrounding us.
I could describe what I have seen and felt for hours, the better way to understand is just to go and live it.
The total immersion lasts 15 minutes, but I would have stayed there forever.
"From the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe, humanity's dependence on the natural world is absolute. The protection and regeneration of ecosystems is fundamental to our collective futures."
source: Saatchi Gallery website
Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY. Nearest station: Sloane Square When: Until May 5th 2019, Open 10am–6pm, Monday to Friday. Price: tickets cost £20, or £15 for concessions. Purchase here More info: Marshmallow Laser Feast