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Illustrations

Experience the Amazon rainforest and its wildlife virtually

Inside Tumucumaque

A virtual reality installation

Premiered at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe

Tumucumaque National Park is a nature reserve in the northwest of Brazil that is currently under threat. The interactive VR experience Inside Tumucumaque takes us there in a heartbeat – to a clearing in the middle of the Amazon rainforest for us to discover in all its facets. It is here that we get to know the rainforest from the perspective of its inhabitants – its wildlife.

How would I perceive my environment as a giant tarantula? Or if I were a black caiman, how is it that I could lurk motionless in the water but still perceive my entire surroundings? Based on scientific research, we interpret the creatures’ perception and transform it into a visual, spatial and tactile language and tonality for people to intuitively perceive, comprehend and sense within the VR experience.

A journey of discovery for the senses

Inside Tumucumaque allows us to immerse ourselves in the ecosystem of the Amazon rainforests and slip into the role of its native wildlife. The creatures’ senses are interpreted both visually and haptically, based on scientific research, which is presented in an entertaining and exciting format.

This unique virtual expedition to the Amazon rainforest was developed in cooperation with the digital production artists of Artificial Rome and the scientific support of the Museum of Natural History Berlin. It was set to debut on 6 April 2018 as a virtual reality installation at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media and will then be available to experience at museums around the world.

Based on scientific research

The Berlin Natural History Museum has guided and supported the development of the virtual reality experience Inside Tumucumaque with its scientific expertise, making data, objects and archive material available to the developers. The ZKM | Center for Art and Media, one of the world's leading museums of media art, will present the immersive installation in the atriums of the former Hallenbau as part of the series "The Art of Immersion" from April 6 - May 27, 2018.

Then the installation goes on tour internationally.

Pictures: © Interactive Media Foundation/ Artifical Rome

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