Happily Contained is Miao Ying’s first work using virtual reality technology. Installed in the show apartments for the Embassy Gardens development in Nine Elms, Miao’s VR experience is conceived as a form of ‘lifestyle hypnotism’, casting the viewer as consumer on a journey in search of utopia and contemporary ideas of home. From post-war suburban American tract housing to Chinese ghost cities, Miao investigates the construction of identity and desire.
Miao’s virtual reality is a world of firewalls and filter bubbles in which brands and tropes of our internet age figure as the agents of real life struggles. The heads of Unicorn companies – startups worth over one billion US dollars, like twitter, Xiaomi and Airbnb – are the winners when Internet culture plays out a zero-sum game at the intersection of the virtual and the real.
A project supported by DSLcollection and Ballymore.
Further thanks to HTC Vive and MSI for their support.
A project realised in collaboration with Somewhere Else.
VR Production - Somewhere Else
3D & Animation - MMCD
VR Development - Mbryonic