Can complex matters like the historical explanations of the solar system be more easily understood on an “experiential” immersive base? Is it i.e. possible to collaboratively walk around in a solar system while embodying planets and making gravitational forces understood in terms of experience?
Celestial Bodies is a concept for using immersion and virtual production tools in education and arts.
To achieve that we aimed at a virtual planetarium, fully developed in 3D, to be viewed and experienced as VR and AR, with a HMD and tablet, while having multiple users “perform” the solar system. The immersants were guided and assisted by a full body motion-captured actress.
Adapted software was implemented to achieve a virtual production integration, allowing a live blend of different inputs like CG, MoCap, music, video.
In Celestial Bodies, we had two 'staged sets':
one with six scientists who gave an illustrated lecture,
one with the 'performance' with immersants, tablet users and spectators.
The three-year interdisciplinary research project "Spectacular Astronomy" brought together artists, directors, theater and science historians and professionals in scientific and technical culture.