Nature Machn

A projection installation with a calm space to enjoy procedural nature scenes featuring original music.

Nature Machn is a meditation for those with too much mental static to be alone with their own thoughts, a collection of digitized nature simulations attempting to capture facets of the calming systems at play in the natural world. There are currently four unique scenes that play in sequence, each with a duration of six minutes. Every time a scene plays it is unique, procedurally growing and changing with layers of original music composed to match each scene’s mood.

An attendee will see the tent lit from a distance as the rear projection illuminates the tent inside and out. Approaching the entrance they will notice all three walls animate and change as part of a single scene from a familiar place in nature. The music is calming yet powerful and the soft objects in the tent encourage sitting or laying down to be surrounded by uniquely changing scenes. It is calming and satisfying, allowing a moment to reflect and relax.

This design came from a place of severe stress and anxiety during my time as a simultaneously full-time professor and MFA student. I needed to create something that provided the kind of calm and focus I was looking for in experiences. The result is an immersive space for events that engages and fulfills the curiosity of visitors, providing a place for them to take a short break and relax while enjoying the procedural nature scenes and music. A place to rest without feeling the feeling of missing out.

Sprout Scene

Forest Scene

Beach Scene

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