Neopoetics® innovates at the intersection of future-focused art and design research and the developing XR medium. Drawing upon decades of creative inquiry in media art, human-computer interaction design, UX, immersive storytelling, 3D visualization, theater, video, animation, choreography and embodiment, Neopoetics probes and discovers emergent immersive experience. The Neopoetic Design Patterns are foundational design methodologies for neopoetic compositions.
The neopoetic canvas is spherical, and the participant is situated in the center of the sphere. The sphere is an ancient and universal symbol that evokes self, world, universe. While the notion of a spherical canvas has been expressed historically through forms such as amphitheaters, architectural domes, and mandalas, it is uniquely enabled by VR. The spherical composition design pattern explores articulation of a spherical canvas through geometric structure, symbolic form, holistic visual fields, immersive motion design, and ambisonics.
The fundamental aesthetic gesture of neopoetics is essential – i.e. expressing an essence of form and of feeling. Building upon traditions of modern art, minimalism, and ambient design, the neopoetic gesture is bold, minimal, and wholly centered within the spherical canvas. A neopoetic composition is an assemblage of essential gestures. The essential gesture design pattern explores the unfolding progression of a gesture as an immersive time-based experience; holistic use of color, shape, sound, and structure; aesthetic techniques for evoking pure feeling states; and composition strategies for sequencing essential gestures.
The content of the essential gesture is informed by a language of archetype – primal, symbolic, elemental form. The virtual archetype design pattern explores how archetype and symbolic form can be uniquely expressed in VR.
Neopoetics takes a novel approach to virtual embodiment, evoking and igniting inner, embodied states in VR. Drawing upon traditions of modern dance, contemporary yoga and digital performance, Neopoetics imparts embodied sensation through immersive motion design. Neopoetics’ virtual choreographies are dances you are inside of. Like a cathartic inner shower, atmospheric movements shift, align and calibrate the mind and neurosensory system. Integrated, holistic kinetic language activates the participant’s neurosensory system and expands embodied sensation into VR. The expanded embodiment design pattern explores immersive audiovisual techniques for activating embodied sensation, as well as kinesthetic interaction opportunities and physical interface strategies.
Experiential metaphor is poetic experience that defies abstraction through literal immersion. The experiential metaphor design pattern explores techniques for reinventing metaphor as immersive experience.
The overarching framework for neopoetic composition is a 3-dimensional content matrix that defines space and form as fluid, dynamic virtual architecture. Foundational inspiration lies in sacred architecture – i.e. holistically engaging participatory geometries that integrate symbols and stories into immersive structure. There is an organic progression from presence within the architecture into experience of the embedded narrative and/or essences. Architectural form dissolves and gives way to direct experience of mythic story. The narrative architecture design pattern explores abstracted approaches to articulating architectural form, and the VR-enabled transition between between architectural experience and immersive story.
A core tenet of the neopoetic language is the rheomode, a term coined by physicist David Bohm, who advanced the view that quantum theory mandated a radical re-envisioning of reality. Bohm posited that our minds are wired by the language of the particle, and that a new language was required to culturally express the quantum wave. A neopoetic rheomode is an emergent expression that ignites a sensate, experiential connection to the quantum dimension in VR. The rheomode design pattern explores strategies for articulating immersive “wave states” – fluid, holistic, evolving ambiances created by temporal evolutions in light, color, shape, scale, depth, velocity, direction, position, volume, boundary and atmosphere. It also explores structural relationships between solid geometry and physics-based form.
Neopoetics explores VR as a means to reignite our personal and cultural connection to the experiential realm of mythos. The neopoetic mythos design pattern probes historic expression of mythos and traditional interfaces with mythic realms, and explores techniques for reinventing and reigniting mythic experience in VR.