Constructed Landscapes

VR & Game

In this interactive exhibit, designed by an interdisciplinary team at DePauw University, the viewer is invited to augment historical Japanese landscapes by applying emotional transformations to create novel works that are constructed from an existing painting. This allows viewers to express a part of their “inner essence” through the newly enhanced landscape.The viewer chooses one of several Emoji (a concept that originated in Japan to represent emotions using icons) and tosses them at the landscapes. When an Angry, Sad, or Dream-like Emoji touch a painting, the landscape is reconstructed through the lens of that Emoji. The viewer can also toss a reset icon to return landscapes to their original state. The team employed HTC Vive virtual reality technology for this exhibit.