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 Participants in Bird Box share an audiovisual space in which their experience of each other's actions is largely similar, yet irreconcilably different. The participant in VR is enclosed in a soundcage, creating music with their motions as they paint in the canvas of a surreal virtual world. The participant in AR, who can digitally paint in the real world, can hear the VR participant's music but can never share the act of composing. The paint strokes created by each participant in their respective realities appear as traces in the other participant's world.  In the course of design, we pivoted the original concept many times. At first, the project involved transforming a room into a spatial instrument in which two people – one in VR, blind to the environment, and one in AR, unable to trigger the notes – must work collaboratively in order to create beautiful sounds. We found ourselves repeatedly drawn toward the delicate tension that is created between two people who cannot see eye to eye. Thus, we shifted to focus around the imperfect act of communication as a visually creative, interactive experience.
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 The project is currently running for the Lacma Tech Grant 2019.  Meet the full project team  here .
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