EXPERIENCE"Dance with flARmingos" is a mixed reality experience that premiered as a part of
Engadget Alternate Realities Experience at Ace Theater in Los Angeles on November 14, 2017. Multiple participants at a time moved through
three stages of experience where they sampled a custom-blended flamingo wetland fragrance; populated their surroundings with flamingos
and viewed biographical data on banded wild flamingos using iPads; and joined a dance led by life-size virtual representations of twenty adopted
wild flamingos while wearing a Hololens. The experience is designed as an exercise in moving from a human-centered worldview to an ecological one.
Participants adapt to flamingos rather than the other way around. An ecological proposition for emerging tech is also foregrounded. Participants experience
a "shared reality" between devices. Interactions through the networked iPads and HoloLenses are experienced by all. At the end of the experience, participants could circle back and
adopt a wild flamingo onsite through Tour du Valat's flamingo sponsorship program.
Documentary produced by Engadget for Engadget Alternate Realities Experience. Documentation, Engadget Alternate Realities Experience, Ace Theater, Los Angeles, November 14, 2017.
Ben Purdy and Thomas Wester demonstrating a networked "shared reality" experience they developed between HoloLens and iPad devices in the Virtual Environments Lab at Pioneer Works.
Adriano Clemente created a flamingo call instrument to produce flamingo calls in a variety of keys. Each flamingo vocalized in its own key, in tune with original music Clemente composed for the experience.
Allison Lucas and Tommy Martinez introducing a flamingo wetlands fragrance in the first stage of the experience.
Participants in a second stage use iPads running an ARkit app to populate their surroundings with flarmingos and view information graphics for flarmingos wearing id bands.
Prototype infographic for "AAP", my eldest adopted flamingo. Information graphics were designed by Ziv Schneider utilizing data provided through Flamingo Atlas.
Screenshot of networked "shared reality" at Engadget Alternate Realities Experience in Ace Theater.