Fabio Brun, Laura Kopp, Sabrina Neuwirth & Magdalena Recheis

Paradox - Snail Vision, 2020

VR experience for HTC Vive

A hidden natural spectacle takes place at the outskirt of the city Innsbruck.
A grotesque and smelling place - the sewage plant. The protagonist is a Snail, which gets infected by a parasite called “Leucochloridium Paradoxum”. Infected snails have been witnessed to spend more time in higher and/or sunlit places, making them more likely to succumb to predation from birds. The parasite takes control of the snail’s rudimentary brain, making the mollusk forget that it’s scared of daylight and spurring it to inch out into the open of the sewage plant. In the first stage, the viewer is in the raven's beak, which has already eaten an invested snail. It flies through the sewage treatment plant and offers the viewer an overview of the sewage treatment plant. In the second stage, from the point of view of the parasite, one finds oneself in the bird's intestine. You get abstract insights into the inner life of the intestine and the viruses and bacteria that are in the intestine. This is the beginning of the parasitic cycle. In the third stage you are excreted from the intestine, fall to the bottom of the sewage treatment plant and wait until you are eaten by the snail. In the last stage, eaten by the snail, you can first see how the snail usually sees. After the parasite has migrated into the eyes, you get insights into how it affects the victim's visual perception until you are finally eaten by the crow again.

Duration: 4 min.




This work "Paradox" was developed as part of the 52 HZ – Weird Intermediate Beings, Virtual Reality Seminar at ./studio3 Institute for experimental architecture in University of Innsbruck in 2020 under the supervision of Uwe Brunner & Cenk Güzelis. The collective has researched on new way of seeing in LIDAR Scan Environments through various Animal Visions (Snail, Chameleon, Mandarin fish, Dragonfly, Clownfish, Python) to create virtual reality experiences that can change the way we perceive our built environments. All pieces of the exhibition:Anna Klam, Hannah Kotai, Lukas Vorreiter, Andreas Thaler, Reefkid, 2020. Jaclyn Debiasi, Iris Schumacher, Rebecca Sillaber, The Forbidden Fruit, 2020. David Kienpointner, Nathaniel Nutt, Moritz Riedl, Konrad Sonne, Submerge,2020. Johanna Acham, Stephan Hoellwarth, Jan Con, Sandro Sanin, Unexpected Observer, 2020. Anna Pompermaier, Jan Classen, Jonas Laengenfelder, Jim Wagner, Counterfactual Mythologies, 2020.

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