Role: Technical Director, Sound Designer
Southland is a Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR based virtual reality exploration of historical, forgotten aspects of Los Angeles as seen through the perspective of driving in a car. Inspired by the infamous car culture of Los Angeles, vignettes focus on roadside landmarks (or lack of landmarks) that inform the history of the city: what was there and no longer is, or what is still there but no longer serves its original purpose. This experience ultimately encourages appreciation of the layered quality of Los Angeles and allows the past to meet the present through an immersive interactive medium.
Southland serves as a bemusing experience for those who live and have lived in Los Angeles: a chance to excitedly point out recognized landmarks or muse over the project’s interpretation of a certain location or situation, so as to make a mark on the landscape of work that passionately, in a positive or negative light, remarks on the experience of the city.
The design concepts explored in Southland enable the project to be used as an awareness and educational tool for a variety of subjects including but not limited to history, culture and anthropology. The project has the potential to be incorporated into learning environments such as museums, schools and other educational centers.