Religion is a human project to formulate stable and meaningful dimension behind¬†the accidental, chaotic and shifting realities of human existence. The religious-cultural artifact Hanuman Chalisa is yet another hope to cope up with the¬†stress of existence. Its teaching gives hope and makes us aware and conscious¬†about ourselves. Studying the relationship between space and rituals associated¬†with it, the concept of deity responding to the devotee in a manner that it can be¬†sensed by the devotee was created. The new media tool Augmented Reality was¬†used to create these artifacts which convey the response of the Deity.
Space is very important component when one sets out to design an interactive¬†installation. It sets basic behavior and interaction. Every space has its purpose and¬†meaning, the nature of it makes certain activities and behavior possible and confines¬†certain other.
Installation 1: Divine Response 1
This concept revolves around the behavior of tourist and devotees in reaction¬†to the size of the idol. It is common to see people striking poses and playing¬†with the scale of the architecture/sculpture.
After establishing the idea of utilizing the scale of the idol, the meaning of temple¬†and rituals study that was done earlier was applied to generate a meaningful¬†interpretation of the subject at hand. It is said that every shrine is associated with¬†its power and good vibration. When one comes to the place of worship after having¬†prayed, the mental onus is relieved and one feels blessed. It is at this moment¬†one feels truly blessed. The suffering is transformed in to hope and happiness¬†lightens the mood. Blessing is thus to make one happy and to drive the seeker¬†towards the ultimate happiness and consciousness of the soul. The spiritual¬†bliss and the ultimate happiness in Hinduism is of becoming aware and conscious¬†about self and universe thus seeking the union between inner and outer world and attaining nirvana which is free from all suffering. This is achieved when kundalini¬†is awakened which is marked by the chakras.
It is a¬†metaphor for world realization, self-realization and truth realization. It symbolizes¬†Sat- Chita- Ananda.
Augmented¬†Reality:¬†AR supplements the real world with virtual (computer-generated)¬†objects that appear to coexist in the same space as the real world. ¬†Augmented¬†Reality (AR) is a variation of Virtual Environments (VE), or Virtual Reality as it is¬†more commonly called. VE technologies completely immerse a user inside a synthetic¬†environment. While immersed, the user cannot see the real world around¬†him. In contrast, AR allows the user to see the real world, with virtual objects superimposed¬†upon or composited with the real world. Therefore, AR supplements¬†reality, rather than completely replacing it. Ideally, it would appear to the user¬†that the virtual and real objects coexisted in the same space.