In the middle of the Knockdown Center parking lot, I sat in a renovated cotton candy colored shuttle bus awaiting instructions for the VR gear placed before me. From the heart of Queens, I was about to be transported to the spiritual world of Lily Dale - a historic town founded in 1879 by Freethinkers and based in Spiritualism.
Flatsitter Media Arts Collective, the creators of the Dream Wanderer took one of the central beliefs of the Lily Dale community- that one never truly dies- and turned it into an immersive VR experience. After choosing scenarios to view at random, the Dream Wanderer takes recorded interview scripts conducted with Lily Dale mediums and transforms them into a dream-like VR visual. While some are more intense, depicting ghostly figures and eerily familiar environments, others feel hypnotically imaginative. It was the type of exhibit to evoke a mix of emotions and leave one somewhat unsteady
Whatever your thoughts may be on the “other side,” the Dream Wanderer represents the power of VR, and its increasing noticeable role in the art world.
The upcoming Dream Wanderer schedule can be found here. A $5 donation is suggested. Ages 8+
Written by Camron Intern Madisen Lewis.