The Salon and The Well: Interviews

This year’s MMVR will feature expanded spontaneous interactive environments. The Well will merge formal exhibits with casual demonstrations. Salon will mingle the visual arts, science, and medicine.

Now Kóan Jeff Baysa asked several of the Well & Salon artists:

Q: The Salon was created, in part, to present works of invited artists to stimulate thinking outside of the box. How do you anticipate that your project proposal will effect this with the attendees of MMVR?

Jiayi and Shih-wen Young respond about their work, “Sampling Rate in Audible and Visual Perception”

A: The audible perception part of our project explores visual representation of sound with different sampling rates. It hopes to provide the MMVR community with a different way of perceiving sound out side the conventional waveform format.

The visual perception part of our project challenges the brain to play a multitasking game demanding the brain to process more and more information simultaneously, while providing less and less cohesive information.


Click here to learn more about the project

Alessandro Marianantoni and Marcos Lutyens respond regarding “The Excarnation Machine (BETA)”

A: Our project is a playful way of representing the human body, through new techniques and mechanisms that specifically take into account the body’s adaptation and conditions of survival within the contextual world. We hope to inspire attendees to stretch the conceptual envelope of the use of tools showcased at the MMVR..

On a closer look, at a time of radical changes in the earth’s climate, as well as the mass extinction of over half the known species on the planet, perhaps the developments of scientific techniques that are showcased at the MMVR will actually be necessary to help us to respond and adapt to the changes around us, at a pace that is much faster than that afforded to us by natural genetic adaptation to the planet’s changing climatic conditions.

The tools and technologies that are on view at the MMVR are aimed at certain medical interventions, with specific applicable goals, which are usually to do with curing diseases and treating negative health conditions. We believe that it is important for us to think of these tools as possible vehicles for increasing wellness in the context of adaptation and survival. By juggling around with how the body is fundamentally designed, we may pause for a moment to think about how the body may be better adapted to deal with increased UV exposure, drier terrain, flooding, interplanetary travel and other challenges.

We are currently working on several projects that bring virtuality into the context of hospital environments for therapeutic ends and hope to exchange ideas with and learn from exhibitors at the MMVR.


Virgil Wong and Philip Forget reply about their “Phineasmap” project:

A: Stephen Hawking wrote: “Science fiction serves a serious purpose, that of expanding the human imagination. We can explore how the human spirit might respond to future developments in science, and we can speculate on what those developments might be.” The technological applications visualized by the Phineasmap patient portal and my fictitious medical institution, RYT Hospital, may appear as fanciful speculation, but I hope that they will serve as deliberate scenario-mapping tools for interested physicians, surgeons, educators, engineers, and data technologists.


Click here to read more about the project


One Response to “The Salon and The Well: Interviews”

  1. Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17: The Salon and The Well « ScienceRoll Says:

    […] Today Kóan Jeff Baysa asked several of the Well & Salon artists. Check these out here. […]

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