Flower Dreamworld Project
The Flower Dreamworld is an interactive and immersive XR art experience that explores the archetypal meaning and spiritual significance of flowers in the collective consciousness.
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VISION & PURPOSE
The artistic vision of Flower Dreamworld is to bring the participant into an immersive experience of the inner life of flowers and their power to benefit our emotional and spiritual states.
The project offers the visitor an otherworldly contemplative experience of the beauty and magic of nature.
What are flowers in the psyche of humankind? Flowers are significant in every culture on the planet, from indigenous tribal cultures to the most cosmopolitan urbanite. Everywhere flowers bloom, they captivate and enchant humans with the sensual, organic beauty of nature.
What if we stripped away everything our minds know about flowers and simply connected with their innermost essence? How do they experience themselves? Do they dream?
The purpose of Flower Dreamworld is to create an immersive world of beauty, enchantment and awe that speaks to the hunger in the human heart for connection with the unseen world.
Extended reality technology has the potential to reveal unseen worlds and activate spiritual connection. We want to open these worlds for the visitor to explore in a safe, accessible, interactive art experience, to allow the visitor to enter the world as an active participant as opposed to a passive observer.
IMMERSIVE TECH & DESIGN
Flower Dreamworld will pioneer a platform for a next-generation immersive art exhibition, spanning both real and virtual worlds.
It is a model for immersive Web3 art experiences, with diverse appeal to all ages, genders and ethnicities. We anticipate the broad appeal of the subject matter will attract a wide range of visitors of all ages who might not otherwise engage with art or immersive tech.
The experience takes participants on an immersive journey with a hemispheric dome film presentation followed by an interactive social VR Enchanted Garden experience. Together the dome film and social VR experience are designed to awaken awareness of the interconnectedness of all life.
The hemispheric dome film will be presented in both a real-world dome theater and a metaverse dome that can be experienced in a VR metaverse platform. The film itself will be a poetic journey into the beauty and wonder of the inner life of flowers. The artistic aesthetic fully utilizes the unique properties of the full dome experience to elevate mood and create a sense of awe and wonder.
The Enchanted Garden features a 3D interactive flower world created using both infrared and macro-photogrammetry (a volumetric photography technique) to capture the intricate structure and texture of flowers. Metaverse avatars will be able to enter these gigantic sculptures to explore the sensual nature of flowers up-close and personal, even taking on the avatar of a pollinator and experiencing flowers as a hummingbird, bee or butterfly does.
THE ENCHANTED GARDEN EXPERIENCE
Beauty, play and mindful presence are antidotes to epidemic levels of stress and anxiety plaguing society today.
This is the foundation for the social VR experience design of the Enchanted Garden. It brings us inside a giant flower world that responds to our gestures and actions, a world filled with sound, light, color and motion, a world populated by flying pollinators and dancing nature spirits.
Imagine walking through a dream garden with giant flowers that respond to slow, sweeping, circular gestures by rippling, waving, opening and closing in spiral patterns, inducing a trance-like meditative state in the visitor.
Imagine playing with pollinators (butterflies, bees and hummingbirds), sending them to flowers and other visitors, or sending currents of scent and ribbons of invisible light to your fellow visitors.
In the Enchanted Garden, visitors can...
Design and plant their own garden
Use their VR wand to see it grow and come into in full bloom
Experience flower spectrums of invisible color and scent inside a metropolis of pollinators and nature spirits
See the ways pollinators see: infrared, electro-chemical signals, color bands Experience being each type of pollinator
Ride along in first person POV
Glyphs interspersed throughout the Enchanted Garden can be activated to reveal poetic factoids about flowers and their vital connection to humanity encourage interaction and dialogue.
Receive a shower of blessings, a shower of petals, or nature spirits swirl you inside a vortex.
Display little factoids about flowers and pollination and growth patterns
Display short sayings about flowers and quotes from spoken word script
Hacking Spirituality In The Metaverse
I have a vision for utilizing metaverse platforms, XR and game engines to achieve spiritual awakening at scale.
As a *technoshaman, my work is devoted to this mission: creating immersive art that can stimulate mystical experiences and spiritual connection, creating narratives that engage people with an inner journey, using archetypal symbols to activate their innate capacity for joy, love and oneness with all life.
(*Technoshaman: one who crafts multisensory digital worlds and experiences to elevate and harmonize human consciousness on a mass scale.)
A significant part of my vision is to develop a taxonomy and artistic process for fostering mental wellbeing, resiliency and spiritual connection in metaverse worlds through scalable immersive art experiences with broad appeal.
I believe that we are at an inflection point where the global challenges humanity faces can only be solved with a collective evolution of consciousness. Our sense of ourselves and our understanding of the world we live in (both natural and cultural) has to grow and expand past the limiting ideas that produced the current conditions.
With the epidemic levels of stress and anxiety plaguing society today , we urgently need the mental health benefits derived from spiritual connection and mystical experiences, from connecting to something larger than ourselves, psychological resiliency chief among them.
The traditional path to spiritual awakening typically requires many years of devoted study and practice, usually under the guidance of a recognized teacher. We don’t have that kind of time for 8 billion people to wake up to the truth of who they are and how all life on planet Earth is inextricably interconnected and interdependent.
Can we create metaverse experiences that stimulate spiritual connection, that activate the inner senses involved in all spiritual experiences, regardless of cultural or religious background? Can we scale it?
The capacity to experience spiritual connection is innate in each and every one of us. There are certain universal hallmarks of spiritual connection, experiences common to mystics the world over, from every culture, including: all-pervasive love, oneness with all life, timelessness, presence, inner knowing, joy, peace, compassion, wholeness.
These experiences are available to every human being, no matter their race, gender, social or economic status.
INSPIRATION: The Shimmer of the Quantum Field
It all started with the shimmer of the quantum field.
I observed this shimmer phenomenon in a deep state of meditation. Further investigation revealed the quantum particles continuously rotate, alternating back and forth between inner and outer reality, flickering between physical and non-physical, trillions of times per second.
This fluctuating pulsating dance of quantum particles creates the shimmer phenomenon.
I was fascinated by this phenomenon and wanted to see if I could capture this shimmer in nature, which led me to photograph flowers close up. That initial inspiration was the genesis of the Flower Dreamworld project.
Despite using only the most basic point-and-shoot camera with a macro feature in my early experiments, I succeeded in capturing an iridescent shimmer on the surface of the petals that was invisible to the naked eye.
When viewed in extreme closeup, the flower images had an other-worldly, abstract quality and sensuality that ignited my imagination.
Was this a shaman dream world of flowers, or the dreams of flowers, or both?
As my creative vision for the project evolved, I began to think about the significance of flowers in the collective consciousness. Meditation sessions attuning to the essence of flower consciousness generated profound insights and provided the source material for the spoken word script.
SPOKEN WORD SCRIPT
Spinning vortexes of invisible light and color
swirl faster and faster
particle accelerators of pure potentiality
A bursting, sparkling frenzy of Aliveness
charged with the divine life impulse
to sprout, sprout, sprout
grow, grow, grow
Effervescent bubbles shimmer
Quantum sparks flash and flicker
A gazillion microscopic suns blaze
As Spirit springs into form
Surging up from the roots, the intent to flower and bloom thrusts up to fulfill potential,
Not one, not two, but a never-ending profusion of blossoms, the apex of growth
An outpouring of Divine abundance in a continuous spiral, the propagation of life
Rooting into the Earth, rooting into Source
Alchemizing spirit into matter
The nature spirits spin and swirl electrons into form
They sing to the pollinators
The winged emissaries of the dream world
In a primal dance of sex, beauty and love
Here we surf on multi-hued currents of scent wafting across reality fields
Sailing on chromatic ribbons of invisible color spectrums, the source of all color on planet Earth
Soaring on jet streams of silent sound waves
Weaving a tonal chorus from filaments of light, clouds of scent, sound and color
All one seamless, symbiotic mesh spanning dimensions
Botanical vulvas, the feminine portal of life
Seduce and enchant us all
Raw and refined
Sensual and pure
The deepest, richest magic
A perpetual unfolding of Divine Love, Divine Beauty
Transmitting the blessing of Divine Grace
Speaking the truth that we are loved and supported at every point of our existence.
Artist & Creative Lead: Mikhaila Stettler
Mikhaila Stettler is a technoshaman*, a multidisciplinary artist, writer, producer and world builder focused on creating immersive art and entertainment to activate human potential and awaken spiritual connection.
A creative visionary, she brings a unique perspective and out-of-the-box strategic thinking to every project, inspiring teams to see things in new ways and expand their sense of possibility.
Eclectic and multi-talented, Mikhaila’s creative process draws on multiple strands, incorporating over 30 years’ experience as a doctor (founded 6 medical clinics and wellness centers), intuitive, creative mentor and meditation coach. She integrates her art practice and spiritual practice together, bringing the mastery of a lifetime of rigorous contemplative practice to her work.
She’s a featured speaker and artist at metaverse and Web3 conferences discussing metaverse platforms and worldbuilding to create experiences that foster mental wellbeing and spiritual connection.
In February 2022, she gave a talk on “Hacking Spirituality In The Metaverse” at the GatherVerse Summit where she shared her vision for utilizing metaverse platforms, XR and game engines to achieve spiritual awakening at scale. She also produced and led a roundtable “Flourishing In A Friendly Metaverse” at the same event.
In December 2021, Mikhaila completed an artist-in-residency at Enter The Metaverse conference, produced by Tech Circus and sponsored by SuperWorld. The work created for this event extended her immersive 2D video journeys into 360º film, VR and a full dome film. An NFT collection was sold in support of her non-profit partners Leyline and Disaster Fighters. The residency included giving a presentation during the event and a follow-up livestream event offered free to the public.
This work was re-edited into a full dome master and included in the DOMANCE exhibition, the world's first 360º immersive NFT Dome exhibition, produced by Searchlight in partnership with Vortex Community Circle.
Other recent work of note includes a prototype of her immersive video journeys, Obsidian Dreamworld, which was a short-listed finalist in the Esoteric Film Festival and semifinalist in the Alternative Film Festival.
*Technoshaman: one who crafts multisensory digital worlds and experiences to elevate and harmonize human consciousness on a mass scale.
Executive Producer & Chief Technical Lead: Ed Lantz
Ed Lantz is an immersive media entrepreneur, engineer, producer and experience designer.
Ed left aerospace engineering in 1990 to transform traditional planetariums into immersive visualization environments, designing over a dozen dome theaters worldwide including Egypt’s Library of Alexandria Planetarium, Domodigital at Papalote Museo del Niño in Mexico City, and the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK.
He sees modern digital domes as “digital temples of transformation” for their ability to combine art and science to create compelling immersive journeys, performances and experiences with positive impact.
His company Vortex Immersion Media develops immersive media venues and experiences – both real and virtual - for clients and audiences worldwide.
Lead Experience Designer: Kathleen Cohen
Kathleen Cohen is Tech Humanist and an XR Immersive Strategist and with over 25 years building both user and guest experiences.
Kathleen’s background includes working as an artist and creative producer for DreamWorks Interactive, IBM Centers for Innovation and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Kathleen also was the former Vice President of Digital Innovation & Integration for the National Constitution Center helping to tell the contemporary story of the U.S. Constitution.
Kathleen sits on the Advisory Board of holoride (Munich); a spinout of Audi innovation and winners of the 2021 SXSW Pitch for Best in Show and Entertainment, Gaming, Content -- holoride just closed their $12M Series A round.
For the past four years, Kathleen also has been the Jury Chair and Keynote speaker for the AUREA Award, a dedicated conference focusing on excellence in immersive entertainment, hosted by Europa-Park, Europe’s largest themed attraction, second to Disneyland Paris.
Kathleen’s consultancy, the Collaboratorium focuses on XR research and client engagement utilizing immersive tech, AI/ML, XR and spatial computing projects as it relates to virtual beings/digital twins inside virtual worlds, themed attractions, location-based entertainment and other business verticals.
Her interest is the near future of man merging with machines. Kathleen and her team are building a Likeness & Legacy project for the “deathcare” industry. Her latest talks are: IRL vs. XR, The Future and Present Converge(s); a talk about teleportation, and Meet Your Digital Twin, a talk about the land rush to recreating humans.
Kathleen just completed the 1st immersive artist-in-residence project at Surel’s Place in Boise, ID, working with the University of Idaho's, Virtual Technology & Design Research Lab, along with BlackBox VR on a collaborative object-oriented design product, learning from Indigenous Peoples Science and Neurodivergent principles.
Composer: Marcello De Francisco
Marcello De Francisci is a composer based in Los Angeles, California.
His career began as a visual artist while attending fine arts at Bartolome Esteban Murillo in Seville, Spain. He later furthered his education at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He taught himself music which led to discover his true passion - scoring soundtracks for the motion picture industry.
In 2006 he won the “Best Soundtrack of the Year G.A.N.G. Award” for his work on Sony Computer Entertainment’s “God of War” game. Soon after he partnered up with Golden Globe Winner (singer for “Dead Can Dance” / composer for “Gladiator”) Lisa Gerrard. Both of them co-wrote numerous motion picture soundtracks scores together in addition collaborated on a solo album project titled “Departum”.
Since then, he has scored a slate of award winning films including Natalie Portman’s first Western genre film titled “Jane Got A Gun” and the anticipated sequel to “Baraka” art house feature documentary “Samsara”.
He is a recipient of two Australian Film Critic’s Circle Awards for his work on “Balibo”, “Oranges & Sunshine” and his music has licensed on an array of motion picture trailer advertising campaigns including the Russo Brother’s “Avengers-Endgame”, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus”, James Cameron’s “Avatar”, Jerry Bruckheimer’s “National Treasure” and Guillermo Del Toro’s “Hellboy”.