Kristin McWharter

Sticky Apples
2019

Kristin McWharter

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This installation is the second in the series of VR sculptures that evolved from research into familiar party rituals. Within the virtual space, participants bob for apples, using their heads to mimic the classic autumnal activity which originated as a divination game which would reveal the soulmate of players. Within the virtual world they are able to use their gaze to capture and toss apples within an aquatic landscape. Physically, this motion whips and slaps around the sticky hand and slinky party favors that extend from the headset, a metaphor for how we search for, and try to grasp onto metaphysical meaning from our social interactions.