Hospital with one entrance and two exits

Virtual Reality | 4' | 2016

Excerpt

with Ainsley Sutherland & Cagri Hakan Zaman
Hospital with one entrance and two exits is a virtual reality piece created from point-cloud data generated by a laser scan acquired at the Cerrahpaşa Hospital in Istanbul. The piece responds in real-time to viewer attention; interaction shapes the the virtual space itself. Moving through an operation room corridor–-with stretchers, surgical equipment, and the buzzing sound of fluorescent lights–-the viewer sees the hospital through machinic vision, through point clouds. The hospital is a place where tactile and intimate knowledge of the human body is enhanced by advanced medical imaging technologies to diagnose and treat the human body. In this piece, the objects and buildings are in turn subjected to a similar examination. The point cloud data transforms the space and the observer in the space. The way the building appears, disappears, is transparent and at moments quite legible forms a fluctuating consciousness, a perception that is neither of the animate or the inanimate.
 "A compelling piece by Turkish artist Deniz Tortum that features a virtually recreated operation room from Istanbul’s Cerrahpasa Hospital. As VR headset wearing viewers saw “the hospital through machinic vision, through point clouds,” there was a sense of defiance..." 
Process Document: "Much has been made of the “first-person” perspective in VR, but perhaps what “first person” means is more of an assumption than a requirement. In Hospital we have attempted to modify perspective, to add physical movement and embodiment into the perspective, so that physical gestures change a user’s visual perception in a way which does not occur in everyday life."
Process Document: In between documentation & simulation. A tracking shot and a spatial image algorithmically created using the shot.
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