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ixi

sculptural virtual reality space | at SXSW in 2021

Title: ixi
Material: code
Dimensions: dimensions variable
Year: 2020

About
ixi is a sculptural virtual space. It is built on two hyperspaces. In ixi these two hyperspaces morph from one to the other over the course of 12 hours. The transparent space is rendered visible only through the light reflected on it’s surface. ixi’s slowly morphing shape, changing light situation and algorithmically composed soundscape are experienced in virtual reality. The visitor's body can take the form of an avatar and they can talk to and engage with fellow visitors. The soundscape includes AI-generated vocals. ixi’s hyperspaces stem from current research into the theory of everything, which would explain the fundamental rules our universe operates on. ixi reflects on how we conceptualize and build virtual and physical spaces.

Shown at
SXSW online 2021 - A sculptural space part of the SXSW 2021 XR world
CTM transformation, Berlin 2021

ixi still _1_, image captured from within the experience

ixi still _2_, image captured from within the experience

time lapse of morphing ixi space, seen from the outside

What
ixi is a sculptural virtual space. It is built on two hyperspaces. In ixi these two hyperspaces morph from one to the other over the course of 12 hours. Over the following 12 hours the morphing reverses. As a result ixi can be re-visited at different times of the day and will show different shapes at different times. The transparent space is rendered visible only through the light reflected on it’s surface. ixi’s slowly morphing shape, changing light situation and algorithmically composed soundscape are experienced in virtual reality. The soundscape includes AI-generated vocals. The soundtrack was the first officially released (by Byrke Lou) music using a new algorithm for AI sound synthesis. This Algorithm was developed by the google magenta team.

How
The hypergraphs are extended from 2d into 3d space, using 3d modelling software, which is used to create content for games and simulations. The morph animation is custom made. It  moves 2x1700 points from one mathematical shape to the other. The experience with background, lighting and controllers for maneuvering the space is built in Unity 3d - a game engine - and the experience is then exported for VR.

Why
ixi’s hyperspaces stem from current research into the theory of everything, which - if found - would explain the fundamental rules our universe operates on. ixi reflects on the question of how we conceptualize and construct virtual and physical space.

 

Credits
ixi was created by Byrke Lou.
The audio material for the inside environment and the AI glitchy whispers on the outside were extracted from Byrke Lou’s work complex bayes, mixed by Victor Van Vugt.
The AI generating the vocals were trained by Byrke Lou