At the Crisis Centre of the child’s protection, children are waiting for a foster family. Unfortunately, it often happens that children stay here much longer than the intended 4 days to 2 weeks, because of insufficient foster care. That’s why Aukje Dekker and Studio VRij created a virtual space where they can be free and learn how to relax: above the clouds.
Oculus Cirrus is a virtual reality game that teaches young children to relax without realising it. It combines the action and sensation of flying in VR with the relaxing effect of breathing and mindfulness exercises. In the Oculus Cirrus the children go on a journey through the imagination. There is no winning or losing, no beginning or end. A dream world in which you can move freely and that gamifies “mindfulness".
Concept - Aukje Dekker and Studio VRij
Creative Director - Aukje Dekker
VR development - Studio VRij
Spatial Design - Studio Lonk
Music -The Opposites
Voice acting - Shahine El-Hamus, Theo Wesselo, Monique van de Ven and Edwin de Vries
The Amsterdam based newspaper ‘Het Parool’ interviewed Aukje Dekker about the project, and can be found here: https://www.parool.nl/kunst-media/met-haar-kunst-brengt-aukje-dekker-geknakte-kinderen-even-in-de-wolken~b1b72ae1/
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