Combining Digital and Physical Media to Create a Sensory Experience About Cyclic Existence and the Dynamic Underworld
What is the experience of decomposing underground? And will we emerge in a life after death? These are the questions we decided to explore in this installation. We envisioned an environment that utilized sound, texture, and striking visuals to imagine something no one had experienced before - the transfer of energy that goes on between mushrooms, roots, bugs and crystals underneath the earth. The new life that comes from death is something we found equally strange and beautiful.
The event lasted only one night for 3 hours and was experienced by 150 guests.
Co-Produced by Laura Sanford & Anum Awan
Sound by Lara Sark (Fozool)
Processing, Projection Mapping, MadMapper, After Effects, Illustrator, Laser-Cutter, Wire & Plaster-Based Sculpture
“You created a space and story for death that’s hot and warm - whereas usually death is told as a bleak, cold experience. I found this so refreshing and spirited.”
- Micah, Life After participant
Overall, we were proud of the fidelity we reached within our timeframe and with our limited resources. We took an empty, white, roofless classroom and transformed it into the dark, vibrant, world of the underground. For a few hours, our 150 guests were able to experience decomposing as a beautifully strange part of the cycle of life.