From 7-17 March, MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechforGood brings together a new generation of artists, leveraging the latest Apple tech to shed light on some of the toughest environmental challenges facing our world today. A free exhibition at the ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands, these artists broach challenging issues like waste, pollution, recycling, biodiversity and the future of our planet.
Of particular significance to those technologically-minded – these future-minded exhibits are powered by Apple tech and gadgetry – ranging from the Mac to the iPad, ARKit to Xcode, these artists offer an immersive experience with the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
VR Zone has visited the exhibition, and here are some of the highlights.
Water Bodies, Adeline Tan (@yell0w)
The issue of microplastics has gained significant momentum only in recent times – the cumulative effect of non-biodegradable ocean-bound pollution and relentless ecological cycles.
Adeline Tan’s VR installation puts you front-and-centre in a virtual human stomach, complete with microbes amidst multi-coloured microplastics rendered in 3D and animated by The Acid House. By “shooting” the microbes, a tumble of microplastics fall out and, viewers can further interact with them to learn more about the origins, effects and solutions of microplastics in and on our environment and bodies.
It’s a very convincing VR experience that made us jump a little when the tardigrades got a little too close.
The installation, displayed on the HTC Vive headset, was created on the Procreate app for iPad Pro, Mac mini and ZBrush, and built in Unity with the iMac Pro.
A Better Tomorrow, André Wee (@andre_wee)
Just fresh from our Golden Jubilee, SG50, Wee transports viewers into the future of Singapore – right in the midst of an AR experience of an SG75 celebration.
With sustainability in mind, viewers scan QR codes to watch digital drawings of buildings and landscapes in Singapore come to life.
This installation was created with the Procreate app on iPad Pro, rendered in 3D with the iMac Pro, and transformed to augmented reality with the Spark AR Studio.
Our Ocean Life, Warrior9 VR (@warrior9vr)
Plastics can have a detrimental effect on our bodies, but they primarily affect the ecosystem at the point of pollution. Our Ocean Life transports you beneath the waves to encounter ocean life firsthand. This augmented reality experience, created with Apple’s ARKit on Unreal Engine, is available for free download for iPad on the App Store.
OceanScrub by Jason Loo & Cheryl Mark
Another game available for download is OceanScrub, a Flappy Bird-style game that pits the player’s choice of marine creature against an unending thicket of edible jellyfish that players try to collect as many of, and toxic plastic bags that they must avoid at all costs.