Cenk Guzelis and Uwe Brunner

TCHNXSHMN.R - A Journey Into The Mind Of Digital Entity, 2019

VR experience for HTC Vive

Project TCHNXSHMN.R is a multi layered extended reality experience in an interactive room setup hosting artists from various backgrounds to create an inhabitable digital entity, through a set of audio visual rituals, that includes real time actors with motion tracking suits, real time interactive objects for an immersive experience that oscillates between physical and virtual realities. The project tells the story of a digital entity, a new type of a shaman, the so called techno shaman. Entering the live XR installation, TCHNXSHMN.R allows the visitors to dive into a virtual world and to participate in a ritual with the technological shaman. The experience itself consists of three different levels that gradually transcends the experiencer to unknown places. The first scene is the 360 capture of the physical room where the experiencer meets the shaman. With use of a virtual headset attached to an HTC Vive Object Tracker, the real time actor who embodies the techno shaman is able to take you to a deeper dimension where her performance surrounds the experiencer in the virtual room. The last scene is a LIDAR Scan model of a local forest which is being controlled by the motion of the audience captured by a Kinectv2 hidden in the room. One connects with collective and slowly exits the experience.


In collaboration with: Gregor Bloesl, Nicholas Peter Eckl, Anirudhan Iyengar, Marvin Kanas, Jolyane Langlois & Helvijs Savickis


Duration: 10 min.




Cenk Guezelis is a Vienna based digital artist, filmmaker and master graduate in Art and Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Currently he is a PhD Student and a Faculty Member of the Institute for Experimental Architecture ./studio3, University of Innsbruck, where he is developing his research on interactive virtual environments with neuro-optical machine visions to help people dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder disorder specifically with derealization and depersonalization disorder. Uwe Brunner is an architect, visual artist, and researcher. He studied at the TU in Vienna, the School of Arts in Amsterdam and received his Master’s Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His work has been exhibited and screened in multiple locations including MAK Museum for Applied Arts Vienna, SCI-Arc Los Angeles, Animation Nights New York, etc. In 2017 he received the TISCH-Scholarship from the Federal Chancellery of Austria for his Master Project „A Virtual Cultivation“. Between 2017-2018 he was working with Mark Foster Gage, New York. Since 2019 he is a PhD candidate at the ./studio3 Institut für experimentelle Architektur in Innsbruck. His current research is focusing on Gottfried Semper’s approach to theatricality in Architecture and his concept of Metamorphism in relation to new media like Virtual Reality and Extended Reality.  

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