2018 - 2023 (Ph.D. in Informatics in Education)
Cartographies of aesthetic practices in Virtual Reality
This project aims to map students’ aesthetic practices from their exploration with virtual reality (VR) technology through artistic activities, at first viewing VR videos and then creating 3D scenarios within a virtual environment. In this regard, this study seeks to contribute to Arts and interdisciplinary education within the scope of Brazilian education and in line with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education.
The following objectives will be pursued:
a) to map students’ aesthetic experiences upon implementation of VR technology through face-to-face and remote learning;
b) to carry out a theoretical and poetic mapping of works and projects that use VR in their artistic processes;
c) to create head-mounted displays (HMD’s) through craft assembly;
d) to plan and perform practical artistic activities using virtual reality with students.
Funding: CAPES/PROEX/DAAD - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil (with research stay at University of Bonn 2021/2022)
Phase 1: 2020 (finished)
An initial study was conducted with 7 (seven) students experimenting with an RV device (Oculus Go) featuring 360° video applications and creation software. This phase was implemented as an experimental study between the months of May and June 2020, in which each student viewed two VR audiovisual stories, deliberately selected to help them become familiar with virtual reality. The following videos were selected for the meetings: Henry (2015) and The Dreams of Dalí (2016). In terms of VR creation software, SculptrVR (2018) was selected because it features an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, with no need for time-consuming familiarization with its tools.
Phase 2: 2021 (finished)
Given the school closures since March 2020, an online workshop was developed with 7 (six) children from 8- to 12-year-old in Brazil. During this workshop, children crafted their own VR display through assembly, as well as immersing themselves in visual experiences and creating a narrative virtual environment.
Phase 3: 2021-2022 (Research stay at Medienkulturwissenschaft at University of Bonn, in cooperation with the museum NRW-Forum Düsseldorf)
Funding: Kofinanziertes Forschungskurzstipendium Brasilien 2021/DAAD
The research project "Developing esthesis in Virtual Reality: cartographies of students’ sensitive experiences through Art" is being held at the Chair of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Bonn and seeks to map students’ sensory and aesthetic creation experiences in VR.