Salon 009: We Live in an Ocean of Air

7 December 2018–20 January 2019

Exhibition Overview

Salon 009 Saatchi VR

Installation view of Salon 009 exhibition We Live in an Ocean of Air.

We live in an Ocean of Air is a virtual reality experience where the invisible connection between plant and human is revealed through breath. In a 20 minute experience cutting-edge technology illuminates the invisible- but fundamental- connections between human and natural worlds. You'll be transported to an ancient forest and witness the majestic power of the largest organism to ever exist - the giant Sequoia tree.

Visitors are invited to step through the canvas to explore a magical world where the invisible exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is beautifully brought to life. Untethered virtual reality, breath and heart sensors will track your real-time breathing and encourage you to reflect on our dependence and responsibility to the organisms we share our planet with.

We live in an Ocean of Air can be experienced both individually and collectively; experience prioritised over passive contemplation. The wider gallery allows multiple tiers of immersion, with large projection screens welcoming audiences into the heart of the environment, before expanding to reveal the scale of the digital forest that lies ahead.

We Live in an Ocean of Air created by Marshmallow Laser Feast in collaboration with Natan Sinigaglia and Mileece I'Anson.

(Photo courtesy of Saatchi Gallery.)

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