Pinch to Awaken
From February 6, 2023, TOPO hosted a residency for the Argentine artist Yesica Duarte. During her residency, Yesica proposed a virtual reality project that communicates with the entire body, including the breath of the person experiencing it. She built her own system to capture the breath of the helmet wearer. The public was invited to come and try this project during free 35-minute one-on-one sessions with the artist, in English or Spanish. This dialogue with the public allowed the artist to test the viewing of her project in order to improve it.
About Pinch to awaken
It is an immersive performative installation, a Virtual Reality experience with wearable interfaces that uses breathing as a means of navigation. An Artgame with first person perspective, full body tracking, avatar and alternative game controllers developed in a D.I.Y. way by weaving belts with conductive wool.
The actual VR experience takes 15 minutes, and the user has to be standing. It will be an intimate and private encounter between the user and the performer.
Yesica Duarte is an argentinian media artist, VR developer and art researcher, based between Buenos Aires and Montreal. Her work is focuses on the relationship between the Body and VR, in how the immersive media affect perception, self-awareness and learning. She explore the place that ubiquitous technologies give to the human being as a user, through the research of the immersive language of Virtual Reality (VR) as well as, in the integration of the interface on the human body.