Encounters in the Virtual Gardens is a collaborative 360° web and video project that explores shared narratives of experiences of social isolation, virtual dislocation and the need for interconnectivity and adaptation during these times. This project offers an expanded cinematic experience that takes viewers through a online journey where they can explore three surreal 360° environments inhabited by animated-collages of isolated bodies. By scrolling and clicking around different elements of the project, viewers trigger a series of sounds, text and images.
For the first phase of the project, a small number of participants were invited to two workshops to reflect on how we communicate, interact and inhabit physical and virtual spaces during a global pandemic. Participants were invited to explore ideas of how we have re-constructed our surrounding and the way we interact with others during this period of self-isolation and social distancing, while collaborating with the artists, Santiago Tavera and Milton Riaño on the creation of 360° videos and animations. Through this workshop and the use of 360 technologies and different audiovisual production techniques, the participants became digital bodies that inhabit the three virtual gardens. This workshop was mediated by curator, Mariza Rosales Argonza.
Santiago Tavera and Milton Riaño are Colombian born artists based in Canada, interested in exploring notions of belonging, embodiment and virtuality, in relation to space, natural environments and digital technologies. Through multimedia, immersive and interactive installations, they construct multi sensorial experiences where virtual narratives emerge. As a collective, they investigate the impact digital media has on our bodies, the environment, and on the way we perceive and construct space. Since 2018 Tavera and Riaño have been collaborating on multimedia workshops and projects presented in Canada and Colombia.
Mariza Rosales-Argonza is a Mexican curator and cultural mediator from La Ville de Montréal, Maison des Amériques and LatinArte Foundation, who is interested in artistic community projects that encourage intercultural exchange and diversity.
Workshop Participants & Collaborators
Juan Carlos Prada López
Victoria Catherine Chan