Space Messengers

Space Messengers is a multi-artist immersive and interactive projection installation with VR experiences. We call it MR (Mixed Reality) because it bridges real and virtual experiences. Space Messengers visualizes data. The installation is a culmination of an international youth exchange program. It generates messages collected from a custom platform we call the Space Board. Students co-write messages communicating the science they learned and sharing their thoughts and wishes for a sustainable interplanetary future. These messages are seen floating on the wall along with interactive body silhouettes. The live audience can also text space messages in real time at the event. A soundscape has been created integrating NASA space sounds and nature sounds. Teachers jump to the Space Messengers free online curriculum tool to learn how to participate.

How it Works

As people approach the projection, sensor cameras mimic their silhouette movements which are then seen projected onto the building/wall filled with a mosaic of 'particles'. As they come closer, the mosaic zooms into a video clip or drawing, related to the Space Messengers workshop revealing a glimpse of our exploration of the universe through the lens of the students, artists and scientists.

A social VR/MR experience

We create a 3D model of the building on to which we are projecting for each event. We then import the building model into the Space Messengers virtual platform and livestream the projection on to the virtual wall to create a virtual simulation of the physical projection. This creates a virtual meeting place for students and the live audience to enter and interact with participants joining from around the world as part of the Global VR Youth Day. Contact us to learn more: stemartslab@gmail.com

Space Messengers is made possible in part by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni; an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Partners of the Americas. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts