Sarah Meyohas and Red Bull Arts: Cloud of Petals VR

CLOUD OF PETALS VR is a collaboration with artist Sarah Meyohas. The piece consists of six virtual reality vignettes built for Oculus, that contribute to Meyohas’ first large-scale exhibition, Cloud of Petals. Cloud of Petals will be on exhibit for the public at Red Bull Arts New York from October 12th until December 10th. The virtual reality component is showcased on the basement level of the 7,000 sq. ft. Chelsea gallery and features six hanging Oculus headsets, each with a separate virtual environment. Five of the six scenes focus on interactive particle systems made of thousands of digitized petals derived from the artist’s performance at the former Bell Labs, where 16 men picked and photographed 100,000 rose petals. The photographed images were then used as inputs for a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), which learned to generate new, unique petals forever. This AI generation process is represented by a room-scale, virtual kaleidoscope controlled by user movement. A custom rose scent diffused throughout the exhibition gives life to the petals within the virtual scenes. The full Cloud of Petals exhibition additionally features a 30-minute 16mm short film chronicling the performance, a mosaic of 3,289 preserved rose petals, and four infinity mirror sculptures.