Virtual reality (VR) has already been used for some interesting art applications and will undoubtedly have a wider impact on the industry as it becomes consumer-ready. Last month saw the debut of a brand new art installation as the Kantor music and art festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands named Walls of Perception. The piece can now be downloaded on both iOS and Android operating systems (OS) for viewing with smartphone-based head-mounted displays (HMD).
Walls of Perception has been created through a collaboration between VR studio Scopic, creative technology developer Xs2TheWorld and music artist Daniel Sanchez. At the Kantor festival users would sit in the middle of a miniature cinema and put on an Oculus Rift HMD to view an experience in which they jump off of mountains and surf waves before finding themselves in a 3D recreation of the environment they are sitting in the in the real world.
“We are genuinely proud and grateful for the abundant positive responses,” Scopic co-founder Yori van Gerven said of the experiences’ debut at the festival. “We have passed the boundaries of current technology and are convinced we can push it even further.” The trio plans to collaborate on even more VR projects in the future, although specific plans for when we might see and experience such content are yet to be announced.
For now, Walls of Perception can be viewed via Scopic’s self-titled VR app, which can be downloaded for free on both Android and iOS. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates on them.