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Part 1: Breaks in Embodiment

Bruno Herbelin

Bruno Herbelin is deputy director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics since 2012 (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland). He is researcher in virtual reality and cognitive neuroscience in the laboratory of Prof. O. Blanke at EPFL. From 2005 to 2009, he was Assistant Professor at Medialogy Department of Aalborg University, Denmark. He obtained his PhD from EPFL School of Computer and Communications in 2005 for his research work on virtual reality exposure therapy under the supervision of Prof. D. Thallmann (Virtual Reality Laboratory).

Part 2: Hanahana, a journey from art to virandolas

The competition took place on August 17th and 18th in Rio de Janeiro and included teams of artists, programmers, musicians, game designers, and 3D developers. The transfer of breathing dynamics to an immersive experience took place within the virtual world of HanaHana, an award-winning creation by artist Mélodie Mousset. Within the realm of HanaHana, players can reproduce body parts and make hands sprout in a desert environment, which, when explored, reveals unusual places. Inside this platform, the teams were able to develop their projects and add new elements and possibilities of interaction.

Mélodie Mousset

Mélodie Mousset (1981, UAE) is a French artist who lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Oscillating between virtual and physical realms Mousset's work focuses on the physicality of the human body and the potential virtuality of the mind. For her investigation around the body Mousset works with numerous media, including installation, performance, sculpture, photography, video and virtual reality.

Daniela Tinoco

Member of a participating team : Project : Oasis Alberto de Assumpção, Daniela Tinoco, Pedro Teixeira, and Rogério Leão. Living is exciting; time is distressing. Creation and destruction are two sides to a story, the link between all beings. “Oasis” is the mirage of the master of time, where the breath pushes our world and releases the energy of creation, generates life flourishing empathy for existence. “Oasis” supplies the soul.

Amanda Akemi

Swissnex Brazil team member : Startups & Innovation Project Manager Rio de Janeiro


In exhibition

HanaHana Full Bloom Multiplayer

HanaHana 花華 originates with the human hand, source of creation and destruction. This pioneer contemporary Artwork by Mélodie Mousset develops as player, one after the other, grow hands and unleash their creativity throughout each new exhibition. From the Japanese meaning “blooming flowers” HanaHana 花華 was inspired by Eiichiro Oda’s Heroin Nico Robin of famous One Piece manga. Nico has the ability to reproduce her own body parts on all surrounding surfaces since she consumed the HanaHana No mi Devil fruit. Granted with the same magic power, the player will be surprised how addictive it is to extend thousands of arms and cultivate this dizzying garden of heaven. Are you ready for taking the VR devil fruit and go on a thrilling journey into the depths of our mind, body and senses?
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