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The picture shows a primeval forest through which a river meanders.

The Art of Immersion III

Inside Tumucumaque. A virtual reality installation

Fri, 06.04.2018 – Sun, 27.05.2018, ZKM_Atrium 1+2
Cost: Museumseintritt


How does an arrow poison frog perceive its surroundings? What does it feel like to be a caiman, floating motionlessly in the water and lurking for prey? Or to fly as a harpy through the densely overgrown treetops of the rainforest? The interactive virtual reality installation »Inside Tumucumaque« allows us to take on the role of the inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest and to discover the unique ecosystem of the Tumucumaque nature reserve in northeastern Brazil from the perspective of the animals living there.

With the help of ultraviolet color spectra, movements in super slow motion, visualizations of echo sounder locations and infrared night vision and spatial 3D sound, the perception of animals is interpreted as a sensual experience comprehensible for the human perception system.

The realization of the VR Experience as a spacious installation takes place in the ZKM | Karlsruhe as part of the exhibition series »The Art of Immersion«, which is dedicated to the transforming experience of reality through immersive digital visualization systems. Using the latest possibilities of Virtual Reality, science and research can be made sensually tangible by immersive plunge in realistic simulated environments. As an immersive teaching tool, the installation, created by the Interactive Media Foundation in cooperation with Filmtank, Artificial Rome and the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, awakens curiosity and interest in scientific knowledge and contributes to a deeper understanding of the endangered biodiversity on our planet. As with the Amazonas opera between 2008 and 2010, the ZKM is committed with Inside Tumucumaque to preserving the Amazon as one of the most fascinating and diverse habitats on earth.

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