We Live In An Ocean Of Air

We Live In An Ocean of Air is an interactive virtual reality experience presented by Marshmallow Laser Feast, in collaboration with Natan Sinigaglia and Mileece I’Anson.

The installation combines art, science and technology in an immersive display that illuminates the fundamental connection between planet Earth and it’s native organisms. Visitors are encouraged to “follow [their] breath from body to plant to planet” as they encounter giant sequoia trees – the largest living organisms ever to exist on the planet.

In this setting, photosynthesis and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is visualised through the use of virtual reality and breath sensors, while heart rate monitors, scent dispersal systems and body tracking devices add to the multi-sensory experience.

The underlying message is that “there is no such thing as an individual”, says Marshmallow Laser Feast co-founder Barnaby Churchill Steel. “From the bacteria in your gut all the way through to the whole biome of the planet, there’s no real separation – and to experience that is very different to being told about it.”


We Live In An Ocean of Air is at the Saatchi Gallery until February 24th 2019.