The Department of Digital + Media
Rhode Island School of Design

Xin Liu’s (DM15) collaborative project premieres at Sundance

January 20, 2017 - January 29, 2017
January 20, 2017
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<Tree> is a virtual experience that transforms participants into a rainforest tree, debuting at Sundance Film Festival 2017 New Frontier. With your arms as branches and body as the trunk, you experience the tree’s growth from a seedling into its fullest form and witness its fate firsthand. Collaborating with Artist Milica Zec and Winslow Porter, Xin Liu designed and constructed the entire tactile experience throughout the film. With precisely controlled physical elements including vibration, heat, fan and body haptics, the team created a fully immersive virtual reality storytelling moment, where the audience no longer watches but is transformed into a new identity, a giant tree in the Peruvian rainforest.

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