Through 2018, artist Issay Rodriguez conducted a local artist residency with Bellas Artes Projects in Bataan, Philippines, which strongly influenced her practice around honey bees and its social, ethological, and spiritual implications. Here, she explores the possibility of augmented and virtual reality in art production to promote a new medium for aesthetic experience. By interpreting Rudolf Steiner’s Hegaxonal Force (Dornach lectures, 1923), where beehives are described as having a life process that mirrors the human brain, viewers are thus immersed in a beehive. Their actions shall direct the visual make-up of a 2-5 minute walkthrough of a golden habitat. During Art Fair Philippines, a high number of visitor traffic was accommodated at the art/n23 Incubator Booth.
"Doon" is a collaboration with G/FK/DS, a multi-media studio in 3D animation, Imagine Realities Studios for virtual and augmented reality and visual rendering with Raha Rodriguez. The immersive installation is experienced first by downloading an application that allows augmented reality renditions of different Philippine flowers in urban landscapes and then by using Oculus goggles and controllers to enter a virtual reality apiary.