SPRING ODYSSEY is an AR & VR immersive diptych centered on the invisibility of radioactivity and the inaccessibility of bodies in the red forest area, located 1 km from the Chernobyl power plant.
SPRING ODYSSEY VR is a sensitive experience which intimately links science, art, technology and philosophy in an installation set-up offering a space between reality and virtuality. It invites you to embrace the counterintuitive experience to caress and dance with an irradiated plant: the M_plant, a mutant plant born from the collaboration of Elise Morin and the biologist Jacqui Shykoff, which specificity is to make visible the invisible radiations.
Using the real and virtual M-plant as an interface, you are invited to become one with the red forest, thus discovering its specificities, the fictional melting pot it embodies, and the answers which may lie in this open-air laboratory.
Answers to our contemporary questions may hide there: how can we co-exist on a damaged Earth? how can we tame the invisibility of high levels of radioactivity and learn resilience? Resistance to radioactivity is one of the conditions for life in a “Planet B”, should we look to the sky?
SPRING ODYSSEY AR is a 5 minutes experience which invites you to meet the mutant tobacco M_plant that spent time in the Chernobyl red forest. The AR experience is designed to accompany Elise Morin’s exhibitions and the VR experience in a more documentary way. Guided by the mutant plant, you’ll discover the history of the red forest and the original Art & Science approach of the artist.
SPRING ODYSSEY VR has been presented for the first time to the public within the framework of Chroniques, Biennale des Imaginaires Numériques in Marseille from November 2020 to January 2021. The experience is intended to be enriched in the months to come, to become a multi-users experience.