Walking the Meaningful Path: Coming and Going in Andean and Amazonian Worldviews
VR Experience

Sumac Puringashpa –Walking the Meaningful Path: Coming and Going in Andean and Amazonian Worldviews is an Andean and Amazonian content-driven immersion experience in virtual reality.

The VR experience incorporates digital models created from Ohio State’s Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifact Collection

Using photogrammetry, select artifacts are reproduced at a high level of detail for close inspection in the VR environment and become a part of the interface and interaction design

User interaction includes the ability to play wind instruments. A wireless microphone is added to the Head Mount Display for sensing the force of the users breath as he or she blows towards virtual intruments.

As a concept-oriented, semi-directed environment, Sumac Puringashpa encourages users to experience and engage with Andean and Amazonian ways of looking at and conceiving of the world. Rather than explain or tell the user about Andean and Amazonian Cultures, the project aims to allow users to discover on their own, central concepts in Andean and Amazonian cultures such as:
• duality,
• reciprocity,
• transformation,
• mythic and mythical time-space, and recurring symbolic patterns

We achieve this by way of user-interactive interfaces such as musical instruments, a shaman’s seat of power (Amazonian bancu), and cultural artifacts that explore these concepts through attention to perspective, scale, directionality of gaze, and the interaction between visual and aural scapes.

Sumac Puringashpa showcases our unique approach to collaboration at ACCAD and the emphasis at Ohio State in studying the Andes and Amazonia as interconnected, rather than isolated regions.