This crowdsourced installation was created during the early months of the COVID Pandemic as part of a digital residency hosted by MassGallery in Austin, TX. The gallery issued an open call, inviting viewers to virtually enter my studio space. From their remote locations, participants used vocal commands to direct a human avatar to explore the studio. Using various materials and tools stowed around the space, participants created new work or continued the work of prior participants, often leaving prompts and surprises for others to discover.
Each participant’s first person view was then mapped onto a 360° rendering of the studio. In the final virtual reality, viewers can witness the concurrent experiences of each participant. The remote viewer is intimately immersed in a narrative recreation of the isolated acts of collaboration. With the added mobility of a VR environment, viewers can follow individual threads of interaction or bask in the simultaneous fluid manipulation of the space by remote participants.