Heleen Blanken / NXT museum
Habitat is an interactive installation by Heleen Blanken with software developer NAIVI and sound artist Stijn van Beek, presented for the first time at Nxt Museum. The work translates 3D scans of organic artefacts from Leiden’s Naturalis Biodiversity Center into a game-like, meditative environment. These ever-mutating ‘digital worlds’, each accompanied by their own bespoke composition, are responsive to the movement of visitors and appear reflected and distorted in a body of water on the museum floor.
Naivi developed the software that enabled Heleen Blanken to create various worlds using her own source material, including: 3D scanned geometry, 4k video, high res images and custom camera paths. The system added an extra layer of fidelity by running a real-time hair simulation on top of the geometry. This creates a sense of wonder and scale. Next to the real time visuals, a multi channel audio system is used to create compelling sound scapes. Multiple sensors are attached to the system to alter the look and sound based on proximity. Everything is processed live, in 4K, and runs from within the same application. The application is built using NAP Framework.
“Researching the space between humanity, the natural environment and future possible interactions between these entities is what interests me — uncertainty is a dominating and always exhilarating element.” – Heleen Blanken