"Lostropolis explores landscapes in a state of transformation. The transformations are all a result of modern progress where dregs of the past still linger. Through a montage of photo, video, audio and text collected during my travels during 2007-2008, this experimental site explores the overlap of past and present and the transformative forces of industrialization, urbanization, tourism or commercialization.”
Venturing into the world of AR, Campbell along with Code on Canvas and 45 other artists and sound designers from all over the world have created the Prosthetic Reality Book. It's an Augmented Reality Art book that, when paired with the AR app EyeJack, allows the viewer to experience traditional artwork come to life with animation and sound.
"I've been working in VR, mostly creating art in Tilt Brush and Quill. I kind of like dabbling in everything and then trying to figure out what I can do with it. I fucked around in Tilt Brush for a while and Google commissioned me to do some paintings for them, and that lead to doing some paintings for (the film) Doctor Strange."e
"I just finished working on a VR documentary called Inside Manus where we interviewed three detainees from the Manus Detention center, which is this island where asylum-seekers trying to make their way to Australia get sent for processing and never leaving. It's been condemned by the United Nations as a violation of human rights. We interview three detainees, and then I painted their stories in VR, including painting the dorms and stuff. So you’re standing in the middle of it and listening to their stories. It’s going to premiere at the Melbourne international film Festival."
There was a media blackout. But another comic book artist knew one of those detainees and he actually managed to Skype the guy.
"There was a psychologist that was sent in there and she was treating a lot of the detainees, and she taking notes and recording interviews with them. And there was a media blackout. But we actually managed to Skype this guy and instructed him to stand in the middle of the grounds and take a 360° shot which I was able to use as a reference to paint the settings. There aren't many images available. So I relied on photos that were smuggled out."
"I was also at the Sundance Lab doing a VR documentary about an Iraq war veteran suffering from post dramatic stress disorder. It’s called Inside a Mind at War. You’re exploring inside this guys mind, literally fumbling through the dark. You use your controllers to push this fog out-of-the-way and you stumble into this fragmented memory, which can also deteriorate in front of you. It felt like an opportunity to explore what could be going on inside someone's mind."
That environment felt like a confession booth where there is a voice you can't see, and you were sharing something very intimate and personal.
"VR has this ability to be quite isolating and block out reality and draw your focus because your senses are hijacked. You can create a setting that is vulnerable, but also at the same time, when you hear the veteran, who has a soft gentle voice, whisper in your ear, there is a sense of trust. He is the one guides you through the story. I felt like that environment felt like a confession booth where there is a voice you can't see, and you were sharing something very intimate and personal."
Images (from top to bottom, left to right): header- Illustration '15, 1. Stu Campbell, 2. Exponius Museum, 3. still from Neomad EP3 Outro Porkchop Plots, 4. still from Neomad - We Made This Comic, 5. still from the Neomad trailler, 6. still from Neomad EP3 Outro Porkchop Plots, 7. gif from Neomad - We Made This Comic, 8. gif from Nawlz, 9. still from Nawlz, 10. gif from These Memories Won't Last, 11. still from Lostropolis, 12. still from Lostropolis, 12. gif from Lostropolis, 13. gif from Prosthetic Reality Book, 14. detail from Tilt Brush work titled Pause Tomb, 15. detail from Tilt Brush work titled Sutuwerld for Google - 4 rooms in one Tilt File, 16. still from Prosthetic Reality Book, 17. detail from Tilt Brush work titled Flying Dutchman, 18. detail from Tilt Brush work titled Flying Dutchman, 19. detail from Tilt Brush work titled Flying Dutchman, 20. Manus Detention center, 21. detail from Inside Manus, 22. Manus Island, 23. detail from Inside Manus, 24. detail from Inside a Mind at War, 25. gif from Inside a Mind at War, 26. detail from Inside a Mind at War.