Visual Liquidizer or Virtual Merge
Tatsuo Unemi and Daniel Bisig
Each individual person is an entity physically separated from the others, but we sometimes feel spiritual connection with lovers, friends, family members, and so on. As closer physical contacts cause the deeper connections, it is possible to imagine that it would be more effective if we could physically mix our melting bodies with the bodies of the others. Human relations are one of the most important aspects to measure happiness of people. It is somewhat difficult but might be ideal if we could have peaceful relations with as many persons as possible, rather than conflict or separation.
In this work, Visual Liquidizer or Virtual Merge, deformed dynamic images of visitors are displayed as if their bodies become liquidized, scattered, and mixed. In doing so, the authors are hoping to provide a virtual experience of deeper contact with the other persons — people merge with each other more, not only in a private relation like lovers, but also with people from difference cultural backgrounds.