A Colossal Wave
A VR installation and AR app plunging you into a sub-aquatic world that reacts to your voice and movements.
Concept: Marshmallow Laser Feast
Creative direction: MLF, Dpt., Presstube
Music and sound design: Headspace Studio
To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction
Plunge into a sub-aquatic virtual world that reacts to your every action. Sing unique marine “voicefruits” into life. Create your own tsunami by dropping a bowling ball from a great height. Witness an explosion of colour under VR umbrellas as the giant virtual wave crashes over you.
Merging slapstick with immersive technologies, A Colossal Wave! is a mixed reality experience exploring human impact on the natural world. Taking Newton’s third law as its inspiration, A Colossal Wave! serves as a timely reminder that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
The project is comprised of two distinct, but interconnected VR experiences, one indoors at PHI Centre, one outdoors at Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles. The two experiences communicate in real-time through fiber optic cables running between Montreal’s Old Port and Downtown.
The outdoor VR experience is triggered by someone dropping a bowling ball on a gong from a 30 foot-high tower. A mattress on the ground is equipped with sensors to detect when the ball hits.
The indoor experience is triggered by users’ voice. As they speak or sing, they generate creatures unique to their vocal signature.