Jigyasa is an interactive installation that incorporates augmented reality to explore the notions of curiosity and discovery and encourages participants to look beyond what they see at the surface. The piece is structured like a planet, which is peppered with quirky characters and various flora and fauna. The participants have to explore various regions of Jigyasa to see what each character reveals about itself and discover what hidden surprises lay buried amongst the trees. It’s a playful piece that helps create a sense of community as everyone participates in a collective quest while individually being able to explore different areas of the same planet. It also attempts to recreate a childlike desire to interact with fantastical creatures in an imaginary world and see a painting come to life.
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with images and information there is rarely any time to stop and appreciate subtle details and look beyond the surface of things. Jigyasa (meaning curiosity or inquisitiveness in Hindi ) seeks to explore this idea and attempts to reveal what lies beyond the surface of what the viewers see by using augmented reality.
The Installation is made up of a painted mural and 2-cheese wedge shaped pieces with some structures placed on top of it. The mural’s imagery is expanded by the animation which plays on participants’ mobile devices. Jigyasa has been created in collaboration with Daqri, which is a group of artists, scientists, and engineers who are passionate about empowering people through advanced visual interfaces and mobile technology experiences. The design, animation and physical construction of the piece have been handled by me and Daqri has provided technical support, UX guidance and augmented reality publishing.
AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS
Adobe Design Achievement Award - semifinalist, interactive (2013)
Jigyasa - California Institute of the Arts (2013)
Jigyasa - Brewery Art Walk (2013)