Blanket Heavy With Nightmares
It's time to revisit your nightmares.
Blanket Heavy With Nightmares is based on an art installation created By Finnish artist Suvi Solkio. The main aim of this project was to develop new innovative methods for presenting contemporary art and also to see what kind of emotional responses can be provoked in the players.
The game is placed in contemporary art museums and is aimed at making more people interested in both the art installation and the technological aspect surrounding the virtual reality production. It can also be used as a tool for museum and art education.
The experience has been designed to be very user-friendly and the game is controlled by gaze control. The main interface for selecting nightmares is the art piece itself, where the players can select different scenarios from the blanket and then experience their choice. As with most real dreams, the players can only observe what is happening during the nightmares without any control over the events, creating another layer of realism.
The content for these nightmares was designed based on the art piece itself and also on the background stories collected about the nightmare. The development team designed the entirety of the nightmare experience. The main development goal was to keep the general atmosphere of the nightmare as close to the original story as possible.
The nightmares visualized in the project were designed in cooperation with both the artist and Kajaani Art Museum. The development team helped design the main visual outlook for all the nightmare scenes. Individual nightmares were then developed as different levels in the game and gaze controlled game play mechanics, 3D-models, animations, environmental sounds and other features were developed based on the needs of the nightmare.
Blanket Heavy With Nightmares is part of a project investigating new methods for presenting art and other museum content in a refreshing and intriguing way. The development team is very interested in developing more art or history related projects, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you are likewise interested in creating something similar to the Blanket Heavy With Nightmares.
Blanket Heavy With Nightmares has been made available for download after the project concluded at the end of the year 2018.