The project is about a dystopian future that is based on COVID, bringing the environment I created in response to COVID to VR. I looked at dystopian movies, artists and articles that relate to COVID, showing my response from research and I developed visual narratives. I presented the form of the final outcome, which is environment and objects, to express the dystopia of COVID. I created objects such as masks, gloves, chairs and a bus stop shelter to show how the objects should change for the better after COVID.
I was researching how COVID-19 can cause us to want to change benches in order to protect ourselves. The designer, Antonio uses a glass as a shield and divides people, still allowing people to speak to each other. Another designer called Hein made social benches to encourage interaction between those seated. I used these as a reference to create my own bench that would be constructed after the effects of COVID-19. I used the shape from this image and the material of glass. The colour would be blue to represent that the future is not bright and is depressing.
The Recycle Bin
I decided to make it into a different shape in order to make it more futuristic. I will add green neon colours to represent the recycling element of the bin and white for general waste.
I made gloves to be a part of the environment. As the gloves are difficult to recycle, and many people are using gloves.
The Traffic Lights
I changed the shapes in order to look more futuristic. I was inspired by Alita: Battle Angel for the traffic lights. I added white lines so the audience will be able to see in the dark.
I made masks to be a part of the environment. As the masks are difficult to recycle.
The Bus Stop Shelter
I was researching how the COVID-19 pandemic can effect a change in benches in order to protect themselves, I also applied this knowledge on the bus stop shelter. The designer, Antonio uses a glass as a shield and divides people but would still allow them to see each other through the glass. I used this to create my own bus stop shelter. Then, I changed the shapes from my sketches to develop the futuristic shape and the colour will be red, white and grey to link to the current bus stop colours. I added another seat behind the glass to allow people to seat more as the glass shield will take up a lot of space.
The streetlight is very similar to the ones we have in reality with my little design, to show the audience that we are not that far to the future. Furthermore, they are more recognizable. I decided to add the colour purple to represent the cyberpunk theme to represent that the future is not bright, inspired from the movie Alita: Battle Angel.
The Bus Stop
I was researching on what a bus stop could look like in the future. I found an article called ‘Redesigning the Bus Stop: Teague’s Traffic 2.0 Makes Transit More Friendly’, written by Tadeo Toulis, that I was inspired by the shapes and used it in my object. Then I used my images and sketches to develop my own design of the bus stop. I also added the colours which is red, white and grey to link to the reality to show to the audience that the bus stop is still similar to those in reality.
The Traffic Cone
When photographing the street, I realised there are a few traffic cones present. I was then in- spired to create the traffic cones. I added extra objects, changing shapes and put the neon to allow it to be seen in the night. The traffic cones are pretty similar to those in reality.
The VR Environment
The VR environment is based on a dystopian future created by COVID’s emergence in the present day. I presented the form of the final outcome, which is environment and objects, to express the dystopia of COVID. I created objects such as masks, gloves, chairs and a bus stop shelter to show how the objects should change for the better after COVID. I made a video that you can walk through that can be viewed through VR.
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