PETRICHOR

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(currently in development)

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about” -- Haruki Murakami

Set to an infinite loop, PETRICHOR is a multi-sensory VR installation laying bare the destructive yet unseen effects of climate change on the Daintree rainforest.

PETRICHOR immerses you within the life-cycle of a phenomenal, all- enveloping storm. Building anticipation through its slow gathering in the sky, the storm cloud eventually engulfs you: and when it does, the entire exhibition space comes alive. With fans, heaters, and misters, immersants do not just ‘watch’ the unfolding storms in VR, but embody them, wholly and indivisibly.

But this sense of wonder is fleeting. As each storm passes by, the pristine landscape gradually decays until, at the end of the exhibition, the environment is completely erased.

Created in partnership with the Australian Climate Council and Greenpeace, PETRICHOR is an urgent call to action that surges through the nervous system. It is a travellable, multi-person installation that aims to create discussion and instil the fragility of the natural world through lived experience.

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