Breathing Garden

by Kyron Shochat

Breathing Garden is about environment building, meditative space, and the connection between humans and nature. The project came from a desire to create immersive virtual space that felt both natural and fantastical. It is meant to be a place for people to pause, relax, be present in the moment and free of distractions. All the plants “breathe” in harmonized cyclical motion, and the viewer is meant to harmonize their own breath with the environment. The original audio, by Haniel (Spotify @Haniel), is composed of a passive dreamlike melody overlaid on a subtle pink noise track, a combination designed to relax listeners. This page includes still images, fixed location 360 videos, and a standard video flying through the virtual environment. These various viewing options are intended to allow people to choose their preferred method to experience the work. There is also a video documentation of a projection installation of the project. This form of the work further pushes the theme of environment building. It shows the work's true immersive potential and blurs the lines between the digital and the physical, between technology and nature. Technology is often seen as a barrier between humans and nature, but Breathing Garden envisions a reality where technology and nature coexist and enhance one another.