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Rockefeller Center has teamed up with Australian creative duo Tin & Ed, Tin Nguyen and Edward Cutting, to present a new interactive digital art installation that provides a portal to nature, taking audiences on a vivid journey through the natural world. The exhibit, which uses emerging technologies including 3D scanning and human body tracking, will be on view at the Center’s South Plaza. The immersive dioramas will be displayed on three giant screens, each 15 feet wide, free of charge and without timed reservations.
Applying technologies similar to those used in modern gaming, the screens will be filled with vibrant three-dimensional digital lifeforms that come together to create life-like habitats. Real-time human body tracking technology will allow viewers to affect these interactive environments through their movement in front of the screens, with audience behavior mimicking different forces that affect the natural world. Audiences can move their bodies in front of the screen to role-play as pollen and spores, embody feeding slime mold and mushrooms, and even dance as swaying rock formations. Among the colorful and dynamic scenes and subjects that viewers will experience and interact with are the journey of pollen and spores, rock formations, blooming flowers, and mushrooms. The experience will reinforce that humans are part of the natural world, not separate from it.
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