VR Experience explores Brazilian Carnaval as template for the future of Spatial Computing
NYU/ITP Graduation Project 2019
HyperCarnaval chronicles how I’ve found my artistic voice by creating a VR studio while having Carnaval as my inspiration. It started with the question “where does creativity happen” and “what makes for an inspiring environment” in VR and grew up naturally into a journey of self-discovery.
As I created the tools to immerse myself in my own creations, I’ve found parallels between the embodiment of VR and the roots of Carnaval culture.
Created in Unity.
I see Carnaval as a social virtual environment that happens on specific moments where everybody can become avatars of their own creation. It is a hand-crafted reality shared by a community under the rhythm of drums and dance. The realization that I had a “Virtual Reality” system already embedded deep in my cultural identity was a revelation that is still growing on me; I’ve become the answer to my own question on the inspiring power of VR. By sharing this personal experience I look forward to inspiring an alternative vision for VR as a path toward self-discovery and empowered creativity. A shared virtual Carnaval party: a HyperCarnaval
The user – or Partier – can populate magical environments with dancing characters inspired by Brazilian Carnaval. All characters were custom created and have motion captured dance animations.