Vitruvio at the Peggy Guggenheim

Vitruvio at the Peggy Guggenheim
20/05/2016 Simone

Vitruvio at the Peggy Guggenheim

May 17, 2016, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia.
Some days are different. Days in which the dedication, commitment and exaltation of 26 months of work are rewarded.

26 months. In February 2014 we enrolled in the developer program of the newborn Oculus Rift. One month later we received the first headset: the legendary DK (Developer Kit) 1. In the past we tried several goggles and headsets that promised exciting virtual reality experiences, but didn’t deliver. We enrolled out of curiosity, but we were not very hopeful.
Instead… Oculus did exactly what it promised to do. Sure, resolution was not perfect, but once connected to the 3D real time projects developed for our customers, this headset made in USA was really able to immerse us in a different reality.

It was time to get serious. It was time to roll up our shirtsleeves and work on virtual reality. We immediately chose as fields of application architecture and art, fields in which we were more experienced, had more certainty and more credibility. We worked and studied like crazy, first with the DK1, then with the DK2 and the Gear VR, developed by Oculus (acquired by Facebook) in partnership with Samsung. September 30, 2015, during Bologna Design Week we presented a demo of our work, making accessible what at the moment is not possible to visit: Villa Malaparte in Capri. The audience was amazed.

A few months later we were contacted by the Associazione Amici della Fondazione Hospice Seràgnoli; they explained to us do ut do 2016, Alessandro Mendini‘s house, the 13 rooms dedicated to 13 different values of living – each one designed by an architect or by an artist – and asked our availability to make real, by means of virtual reality, their wonderful project.
We accepted in the blink of an eye.

May 17, 2016, at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venezia, we premiered the first release of our work, made up of the interior of Alessandro Mendini’s house and a reproduction in virtual reality of the first rooms.

Our work continues, preparing for the next do ut do appointments. But the excitement of this first time we will never forget.

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