You Are Here…Afternoon To Do List, still from VR experience, 2022.
Are You There?
Are You There? is a transatlantic collaboration between former roommates Meredith Starr, an interdisciplinary artist in New York, and Dayna Leavitt, a photographer in London. Their conversations over text messages share their daily and mundane experiences and have become the source material for their project, which initially began as a way to stay connected during various lockdowns during the pandemic. The title of the series references the question they ask each other most, and the titles of the digital collages incorporate snippets of their text messages. The images are trace evidence of their virtual conversations - an ambiguous reflection of observations that blur where one ends and the other begins. Streams of natural light and moving shadows are often layered with what they notice throughout the day such as debris from dinner, or what caught their attention on a daily walk like the wisp of a particularly pink cloud. As the artists navigate forced distance and a time difference, exploration of these themes create a constructed alternate reality. Their manipulated photographs reflect fabricated memories that simulate a shared experience, allowing them to invent an escapist, imagined space where the artists co-exist. The project is ongoing, and the artists have recently created an immersive and interactive VR experience, You Are Here VR, now available on the app store.
Follow their project @areyouthere_project on Instagram.
Bio pic of the artists during their visit together, fall 2021
You Are Here VR is an interactive art experience, created in virtual reality and designed for Google Cardboard/smart glasses. It simulates the experience of a day passing, with five rooms representative of different times of day, marking shifts in light, mood, and tempo; waking up in the early morning, late morning, afternoon, evening, going to sleep and entering the dream state at night. Engaging with an object through direct, sustained gaze in each room will transport you to the next room. The project is a transatlantic collaboration between former roommates Meredith Starr, an interdisciplinary artist in New York, and Dayna Leavitt, a photographer in London. As the artists navigate forced distance and a time difference, exploration of these themes create a constructed alternate reality. Their manipulated photographs reflect fabricated memories that invents a shared experience, allowing them to create an escapist, imagined space where the artists co-exist.
Image: You Are Here….Late Morning Sun, still from VR Experience, 2022.
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