Sink or Swim (2022)

How might we conserve stories of Water and its intangible cultural heritage, set against the backdrop of climate change? A sound-driven Virtual Reality installation, comprising headset VR, projected animation, ambient audio and scent.

TEAM: Shuyue Li, Madhavi Bhagwat, Hadar Vishne
ROLE: Concept, Interviews, Writing, VR development (Unreal Engine)

︎︎︎The Experience

Sink or Swim tells the sonic stories of six people and their personal and cultural memories of water.

The unique methodology of this project involved recording participant interviews, collaborating with a poet to turn those interviews into poems, and having the original interviewees narrate and re-record their poems; which were then developed into immersive soundscapes.

Collaborators: Hadar Green (poet)
Interviewees: Huiwen Ren, Mao, Matt Dixon, Sharon, Sofia Economou, Tanvi Babbar and Ye Zhang.

© 2024 Madhavi Bhagwat