Veronica Graham, Julia Kim & Thomas Newlands
Diatribes is an evolving project that centers around a virtual reality haunted house. Inside players are taken on a narrated journey through an arena room where Nature and Civilization are locked in an endless battle. The project grew out of a desire to better understand what physical and emotional space we inhabit when trying to make sense of a disappointing world. In this first iteration players helplessly observer the annihilating effects of climate change as they wander through chambers filled with strategic maps, protective talisman and monuments to battles lost. It was first presented in Fall 2019 at Kala Art Institute as a roomscale VR experience housed inside an installation of 3D and 2D concept art. The demo is now on tour, at each presentation site the public is invited to explore these worlds within worlds and give feedback as the project takes shape. It will be released in installments that are 15-20 minutes long.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Veronica Graham is the lead creator on Diatribes. She is designing the world and orchestrating the interactions for players. Graham is a new media artist and printmaker based in Oakland, CA. In
2010 she founded Most Ancient, a design studio focused on experimental comics and exploration games. Her books have been collected by MoMA, The New York Public Library, and The Library of
Congress. Her Virtual Reality projects have been presented at Kala Art Institute, Women’s Studio Workshop, San Francisco Art Book Fair, and Printed Matter (NYC).
Thomas Newlands is the gameplay programmer and effects artist on Diatribes. They tie pieces of content together and make sure they feel right inside of the funhouse world. Games they've worked on have been selected for events and spaces including: A MAZE. / BERLIN, the XOXO Arcade, the Mild Rumpus at GDC, and Indiecade Festival.
Julia Kim is the sound designer for Diatribes and a musician under the moniker Hidden Halls. She has played strings for bands such as Little Deadman and The Album Leaf.
If you are interested in exhibiting or viewing this artistic VR experience, please send an email to us.