Peter d’Agostino’s VR/RV is an interactive installation piece which simulates a recreational vehicle as it navigates a virtual space in which the roles of territory and map have been reversed. Participants don head-mounted displays and “data gloves” in order to drive through a landscape that mixes Philadelphia, the Rocky Mountains, Kuwait City, and Hiroshima. As the car traverses the environment, the radio picks up snippets of audio from historical music and events in addition to simulated audio from the landscape. The piece examines our “technologically-determined” culture by bombarding riders with both the utopian possibilities and the dystopian consequences of technological advancement.
The piece received an honorary award for interactive art at Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.