Depart (Leonhard Lass & Gregor Ladenhauf)

The Lacuna Shifts, 2017/18

VR experience for HTC Vive

“The Lacuna Shifts” is a spatio-poetic VR Experience (5-8min).

It opens a volatile room that keeps changing around its guest – shifting in scale and mutating its architectural features – while revealing traces of poetic narratives. Loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice books “The Lacuna Shifts” combines sound, text and imagery into an alternate surreality. Disembodied, the viewer’s gaze becomes the only instrument of connecting to this space - it leaves traces, activates and builds structures.

Instead of travelling through a world the world shifts around the spectator – at times covertly behind the back, sometimes in plain sight. It rejects its passive role as a trusted, immutable shelter and permits a physically impossible experience of poetic space and a reflection about the fragile relation of the beholder to her/his environment. Lacuna’s unstable architecture is based on a parametric wall system that enables ever changing spatial configurations. Thus, one cannot enter the same room twice. Each viewer will experience a different “journey”, manifesting different aspects based on her/his behavior and the world’s own erratic character. Instead of a linear story, it unfolds as a modular, hyperpoetic system, which consists of text (spoken and written), wall graffiti, symbolic objects, animations and the architecture itself.


Supported by sound:frame.




Leonhard Lass (*1978) and Gregor Ladenhauf (*1978) are DEPART.

Their core endeavor is the conception of poetic, individual experiences. They construct audiovisual worlds as dynamic systems. These transitory sandboxes of synchronicities border on the surreal and enable the unexpected by means of cross-modal emergence. Deeply rooted in the digital, they explore the ritualistic character of algorithms and venture deliberately into the uncanny - creating unique moments that are coined by formally rigorous and profound aesthetics. In their almost 20 years of collaboration they have produced award-winning work that has been internationally exhibited (USA, China, UK, Germany, Spain, Russia, Netherlands, Switzerland,...).

Depart is based in Vienna, Austria.

If you are interested in exhibiting or viewing this artistic VR experience, please send an email to us.