Lost Forms

Genre VR experience

Lost Forms is a virtual reality (VR) experience that explores the preservation and loss of our natural habitat through three virtually extinct natural phenomena. These three disappearing forms are an iceberg in Greenland, the egg of the Paolo Verdes Blue butterfly, and a species of flower: the Aquilegia. The viewer can experience and interact with these disparate manifestations through various visual layers in virtual space.

On a superficial level, the Lost Forms virtual reality gives the viewer a glimpse of the complexity and beauty of these three natural phenomena whose existence will soon be lost. On a deeper level, the impression of science fiction is created, a phosphorescent dream world opens up. Lost Forms is informative presentation and art at the same time. The goal is to virtually save the life forms from oblivion.

Image from Lost Forms showing a iceberg
Image from Lost Forms showing the Aquilegia Nuragica flower

Why VR?

Literature and film depict species extinction and ecological destruction in stories. The true and always the same story is: Due to human actions various life forms and their habitat are endangered or have been destroyed. The countless articles and films that already exist on the subject of global warming and the destruction of life forms try to wake people up and preserve individual fragments and are thus a valuable contribution – but still always the same in structure and narrative. Lost Forms shows this state of affairs in a novel way. Fatigue, uncertainty and, above all, an attribution of guilt to the viewer are to be avoided. Rather, the virtual reality Lost Forms invites the viewer to explore these endangered forms directly and vividly through classic VR means such as flying, visualizing data, and sound collages, thereby awakening a deep connection and humility in the viewer – by sharing in the beauty and complexity of these natural and majestic structures.

Image from Lost Forms showing an egg from the Miami Blue Butterfly
Image from Lost Forms showing the Floreana Coral