And we got a sneak peek.
Marshmallow Laser Feast, the creators of In The Eyes Of An Animal and Treehugger have announced their latest installation, We Live in an Ocean of Air.
The new experience opens at the Saatchi Gallery, London on 7 December 2018 and runs until 20 January 2019. Tickets are on sale now.
We Live in an Ocean of Air is a highly interactive multi-sensory installation that highlights the deep connection between animals and plants. Blurring the boundaries between art, technology and science, the installation promises to take people on an unforgettable and moving journey like nothing they’ll have experienced before.
During the 20-minute experience, cutting-edge technology will illuminate the invisible but fundamental connections humans have with the natural world. Participants will be transported to the oldest forest on earth to witness the power of the largest organism to ever exist – the giant Sequoia tree.
An experience designed to be shared with other human beings, visitors and up to five friends will have the chance to explore a magical 3D world where the invisible exchange of oxygen and CO2 will be brought to life in front of their eyes. Visitors will be able to see themselves and other people breathing in and out, using untethered virtual reality as well as breath and heart sensors to track breathing and encouraging reflection on how humans engage with the environment.
Two years in the making, We Live in an Ocean of Air is the brainchild of artist collective Marshmallow Laser Feast. “The DNA of our company is based around the idea that science is a window to a world beyond human perception” explains creative director Barney Steel, “our interest is in translating fascinating scientific stories into multi-sensory embodied experiences”.
Talking about the installation, Steel says, “We use awe and wonder to feed curiosity about other living things on the planet. The human being is part of a much bigger system of life and the prevailing scientific understanding is that there is no such thing as an individual, there are ecosystems where everything is entangled. The project is about how something as simple and everyday as breathing, connects humans to each other and to plants”.
The installation is the follow-up to the collective’s hugely successful project Treehugger.
The exhibition is particularly poignant in 2018, a year which has seen numerous devastating natural disasters due to man-made climate change, and is designed to inspire conversation about conservation. We Live in an Ocean of Air arrives at the Saatchi Gallery in London this winter.
Tickets for We Live in an Ocean of Air are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk