Beyond the Portal [thesis]

Cyrus Qureshi
<p>This research project began by asking the question, 'How does mixed reality aid the creation of an inexhaustible three-dimensional world that supports the evolution of inhabitable narratives within sacred spaces? Imdat As states, 'The user in the digital age is not only a spectator but also an active participant of a parallel world.' Within this environment, 'we experience and manipulate virtual space (Imdat AS, 2006, p.60)'. As such, this notion of 'experiencing and manipulating virtual
more » ... e' can provide a valuable set of tools to aid the evolution of inhabitable narratives within sacred spaces. To answer this question, the research proposes a proof of concept for a mixed reality multifaith environment. In its current conception, the multifaith space is limited to room scale spaces, treated as purely functional entities to the point where the experience within the space becomes monotonous. Religious architecture, whether it may be a church, mosque or temple, has been successfully translated into the collective memory of larger society, but within multifaith spaces, our focus has been on neutralization and in the process voided the space of any rich phenomenological experience. In order to activate the space, the research aims to digitally overlay 'cultural information' on top of a multifaith space in order to alter its use, essentially transforming it to the spiritual needs of the user. Hereby, a Muslim immersive experience was developed by investigating and interpreting both the tangible and intangible rituals of prayer. By incorporating an 'altered' immersive experience, the project aids the evolution in design and concept of a multifaith space that moves beyond the notion of an "empty white room (Crompton, 2013, p.487)". By creating an MR environment for users of the Muslim faith the project contributes design concepts and methods for others, furthering research in this field.</p>
doi:10.26686/wgtn.17136497.v1 fatcat:khz4et4cpbgyhbrebzwh3xxioe