“À Quatre Mains” by Yagiz Mungan at 3D Web Fest
The third annual 3D Web Fest is a fundraiser benefiting non-profit CODAME ART+TECH whose mission is to embrace innovation through creativity, play, and collaboration between companies, artists and technologists, building immersive, engaging, out of the ordinary experiences.
“À Quatre Mains” is one of those projects!
Inspired by the teamwork of a musical band and UX puzzles in VR “À Quatre Mains” is about being in the same space together and playing the same musical instrument. “À Quatre Mains” challenges one of the VR taboos to create a performance that connects people through music.
In VR, the participants are presented with a dome, where the structure is made up of multiple hexagonals. Each hexagonal is a synthesizer and features multiple modes. Using the movement controls of desktop VR HMDs, the synthesizers can be triggered by any participant. This creates a dynamic that is not ideal: no eye contact, no personal space, imprecise timing. Yet, this is aimed to encourage the performers to explore other ways of connecting through sound and the magic that is VR.
R. Yagiz Mungan is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is located at the intersection of VR/AR, sound/music, interaction, performance, virtual worlds and gaming. His works ranges from linear musical pieces to art games to installations to generative systems to alternate realities but in general integrates technology as an active agent of the experience. He uses his works to pose questions about various aspects of the daily life, or investigate new aesthetics of sound, interaction and visuals.