In Latent Space fine lines weave virtual spaces around the viewers. The architecture that manifests is highly fragile — the space grows, shrinks, collapses. The acoustic dimension is also deeply spatial — slowly morphing soundscapes float around the dome, enveloping the observers in sound and image.
The omnipresence of the virtual realm is transposed into the physical space of the dome to unmask the often proclaimed boundlessness of digital space. The work tests and investigates the spatial effects of the dome, which serves as a metaphor for the virtual net that always surrounds us.

Commissioned by and created at a residency at the Société des arts technologiques (SAT) Montreal.
The work has been awarded the New Face Award of the Japan Media Arts Festival.

Premiere: iX Symposium, SAT Montreal, May 30th, 2019

Dates: 
iX Symposium, SAT Montreal: May 30, 2019
Elektra Festival, SAT Montreal: June 11 – June 15th, 2019 
Angewandte Festival: Oskar-Kokoschka Platz Vienna, June 28th, 2019
SAT Montreal (Screenings): September 16 – October 24, 2020
Japan Media Arts Festival, Miraikan Museum Tokyo (Screenings & Interactive Gallery Version): September 19 – 27, 2020
Latent Space at SAT Montreal
Latent Space at Angewandte Festival Vienna
Latent Space, iX Symposium 2019, SAT Montreal
© Johannes Hucek
Latent Space, iX Symposium 2019, SAT Montreal
© Guillaume Bell
Catalogue page of the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival
Latent Space (Interactive Gallery Version) at Japan Media Arts Festival 2020, Miraikan Tokyo
Using a hand tracking sensor, the audience can pan and tilt a camera in a virtual dome to give an impression of the fulldome experience. 
This way of presenting the piece in the exhibition space was chosen because of the COVID-19 restrictions, requiring an interface that did not involve any physical contact.
Apart from this form of presentation, Latent Space was also screened in the dome theater of Miraikan several times during the festival.
Latent Space (Screenings) at SAT Montreal, 2020
© Sebastien Roy

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