Dwelling in the Enfolding

This immersive 360° virtual reality (VR) piece by Matthew Burtner and Mona Kasra invites viewers to inhabit enfolding landscapes and bridge across seemingly disparate spaces that belong to a unified whole. Whether standing on top of a vast ice field or deep in a mysterious ice cave, within each layer, viewers encounter and interact with distinct audio-visual experiences that offer new ways to perceive the interconnecting landscapes.

Dwelling in the Enfolding is free and available for download in the Oculus app store.

ArtistS' Statement

Dwelling in the Enfolding is an interactive 360° VR environment of interconnected landscapes that were never inhabited yet are able to inhabit imaginations. These moving landscapes are so vast, so confident, and so subdued, they almost seem stationary and eternal. The surrounding stillness, however, continues evolving in a perpetual act of dwelling devoid of human life, reminding us of an intertwining past, present, and future.

To perceive the landscapes is, therefore, to grasp what is not humanly perceivable. We don’t belong here. Neither our individual nor our collective memories and experiences are ascribed to the tapestry of the space. It thus resists our human comprehension.

Nevertheless, the landscapes dwell within themselves, in a constant state of interanimation and transformation. Water turns to clouds turns to snow turns to ice turns back to water. Layer upon layer, these complex entanglements flow above, beneath, and through the obscure surfaces of the landscapes concurrently, eroding and shaping the land and the underlying rocks.

TRAILER

Utilizing 360 spatial sound and video, this interactive virtual reality piece invites viewers to inhabit Northern landscapes. Viewers can move between the geographic layers, navigating through a liminal map of the terrain from glacial fields to ice caves.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Matthew Burtner is an Alaskan-born composer, eco-acoustician and sound artist whose work explores embodiment, ecology, polytemporality and noise. Burtner's work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Listen Up: Northern Soundscapes, which opens at the Anchorage Museum on April 2, 2021.

Mona Kasra is an Iranian-American new media artist and interdisciplinary scholar whose work explores, reflects on, and experiments with the affordances of media for artistic and performative practices.