With exhibits in more than 10 countries, teamLab is a internationally acclaimed juggernaut of immersive experience creation. Combining the talents of artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects they create large scale exhibitions and art that is quite Instagrammable.
On May 27th, 2021, the National WWI Museum and Memorial publicly opens its installation of the award winning immersive VR experience War Remains, putting you into the perspective of a soldier on the Western Front of the first World War. This moves the bar for how we preserve the memories and experiences of the past to walk in their footsteps, and learn from their sacrifices and pain. Fans of the "Hardcore History" podcast will recognize the voice of Dan Carlin, who also was a driving force and influence for the creation of this experience.
The Arcadia Earth experiences combines VR, AR, and projection mapped art with multi-room environments to create a journey highlighting the environmental impact we have on the plant, and how small changes have large impact both for good and for ill. Based in New York City, you may have seen this Instagram-able location in pictures. Currently closed, expect this to reopen once statewide indoor restrictions are lifted.
Each of the three locations (Washington, DC, New York City, and Miami, Florida) features different artists throughout the year. We've visited two of the locations and were blown away by what we saw, and they are truly succeeding in their mission to push the boundaries of what is possible with technology and creativity in the immersive space. If you were looking for a fun road trip this summer starting in NYC, going through DC, and ending with a few days in Florida sounds like fun way to spend a week. Not required to enjoy any of the locations, but just a thought.
Toronto, Canada based House of VR provides group experiences and activities for workshops, events, and brand activations. A while ago we had the pleasure of seeing one of their hosted events, and thought they it was handled brilliantly. We have not experienced their VR empathy series, but we're hoping this year there will be an opportunity to learn more and to see Biidaaban: First Light in full VR.
This is something for the children, or the big kids among us. While at LEGOLAND in Florida immerse yourself in an original 4D film at their indoor theater. There are a few currently running, one of which syncs a roller coaster with the film to add the real world feeling of movement to the film experience.