Gaze-based Emergent Pattern Evolution

Eric Parren, Los Angeles/USA — Jun 24, 2017

Akademie Schloss Solitude - Gaze-based Emergent Pattern Evolution
Gaze-based Emergent Pattern Revolution by Eric Parren:

One remarkable feature that has come out of the current third wave of virtual reality is the prevalence and common acceptance of gaze-based navigation. The gaze is inescapable – within 360-degree videos, within WebVR environments, as well as on the high end of the VR spectrum. Navigating virtual spaces has traditionally relied upon physical inputs, but new-wave VR has gravitated to using our natural gaze as its easiest form of expressing intent.

Gazing at patterns has been a common human pastime for centuries. Looking at the clouds, the ocean, the trees has provided us with comfort, escapism, and a sense of wonder.

For this residency, I want to combine the navigational power of the VR gaze with a generative computational system that creates and develops patterns based on what the viewer is looking at. I want to investigate what it means to have the capability to change, for instance, a Turing pattern just by staring at it. Will it lead to a greater understanding of the complexities behind these evolving feedback systems? Is it possible to feel in control of an emergent system? Or might it lead to a feeling of symbiosis between the human and the algorithm?

I intend to develop the project for the web as an immersive WebVR experience.

Eric Parren

Eric Parren (NL/US) is an interdisciplinary artist operating out of Los Angeles. His practice is situated at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Parren is a member of the art collective Macular, hosts a radio show on KCHUNG Radio, and is an instructor at ArtCenter College of Design. He studied at the Interfaculty ArtScience in the Hague and the Design Media Arts department at UCLA. His works have been shown in galleries and festivals across Europe, North America, and Asia.

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