Queerskins

An experience for virtual reality, and an interactive installation

Queerskins

A diary found in a box of belongings offers a devoutly Catholic mother in rural Missouri a chance to know the estranged son she has lost to AIDS. Wracked by grief and guilt, she seeks to reconstruct him through memory and imagination.

Twitter @queerskins

Oculus Coming to Oculus Touch 2018

Tribeca Film Institute
Generously supported by Tribeca All Access and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Atomic Vacation

And the gift shop at the end of the world

Atomic Vacation

From a post-apocalyptic future, Shizuku, a girl robot, the lone inhabitant of a space ship, sends a final message back to Earth. Atomic Vacation is her postcard from the future, a reverse Turing test, a narrative game for VR and online play that will change your understanding of what it means to be human.

Twitter @atomicvacation

Oculus Coming to Oculus Touch 2018

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Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theater

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We were interested in visualizing a complex data set of productions, characters, actors in a non-linear time based format. We wanted to create an engaging interface that would allow you to view who’s played iconic Shakespearean characters like Beatrice (Much Ado…), Lear, or Hamlet and also see key actors who have starred in multiple productions.

This dataviz was published in Data Visualization for Success: Interviews with 40 Experienced Designers

Notes & Observations

  • We were also curious about the plays. What were some of the more popular plays? Which genres dominate?
  • After 12 (!) design layout variations, hours of data collection and creative coding, we present an interactive homage to this great summertime institution.

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NYC Street Trees

An Interactive Visualization of NYC Street Trees

We were curious to see what were some of the common and not so common trees planted in the five boroughs of New York City. While this visualizes trees which we personally love as an essential element of any urban city, we see this as an experiment or model to visualize other datasets in an additive/subtractive format. Check out Allen’s medium post about this project and another dataviz that uses the same dataset.

Notes & Observations

  • This visualization allows one to quickly see distribution.
  • Trees have been grouped by genus. For example, all maple species (Norway Maple, Silver Maple, etc.) have been aggregated as “Maple.”

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Queerskins: A Novel

Queerskins

Queerskins explores the nature of love and justice through the story of a young gay physician from a rural Midwestern Catholic family who dies of AIDS at the start of the epidemic. Queerskins’ interface consists of layers of sound, text, and image that users can navigate at random or experience as a series of multimedia collages. Images of the mythic and the everyday, the sacred and the profane, from banal vacation footage to vintage burlesque, interact rhizomatically with text and audio monologues to subvert preconceived notions of gender, sexuality, and morality. Cyril worked with author Illya Szilak to create this multimedia novel. Interface consists of layers of sound, text and image that users can navigate at random or experience as a series of multimedia collages. The full work contains 40,000 words of original text, over two hours of character monologues, 50 videos and nearly 100 still images. Best viewed in Chrome or Safari…

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