OXYTOCIN (n): a neuropeptide involved in social bonding, reproduction, and childbirth.
The OXYTOCIN project was born from our shared belief in the importance of physical and emotional intimacy, coupled with a sense that finding it is sometimes harder than it ought to be.
The landscape of our modern world seems to be pushing people to greater and greater distances, both physically and socially. OXYTOCIN seeks to break down those walls and invite people to reconnect, to inspire and reward authentic presence and bonding between humans in the embodied space.
When people connect inside of OXYTOCIN, it gently comes to life, tuning the environment to the people inside. The structure rewards the connection by evoking sensation (auditory, visual, and somatosensory); enhancing but not distracting from the authentic human connection.
The funds will be used for building materials, fabrication, lighting (LEDs), load sensors, solar power, and transportation of the art in and out of playa.
This is a day/night composite of the structure and how it will appear on playa:
A simplified orthographic view of the structure from the sky at night:
A view of the dome:
A scale render of the individual molecular components (atoms and bonds):
Jade, one of the founding members of VALENCE, is so passionate about this element of our shared humanity that she had it permanently inscribed on her body:
We are a multi-*asterisk* collective of friends, family, artists, performers, makers, dancers, and technologists. We want to create inspired realms in which people can connect, grow, and play.