Shuruq Tramontini
Creative Technical Artist


interactive VR experience

2018 - 2021

Current Affairs is an interactive VR experience that takes the viewer into the depths of a plastic polluted ocean, where an octopus leads to the mysterious and unknown Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Real time data sets that come live and directly from the deep sea (Argo Floats) make the currents tangible and reveal the geo-mythology of the island. They determine the underwater world and the strength of deep sea currents which, with help of the octopus, we have to overcome to reach our goal.

Plastic exists everywhere and anywhere. But what is the plastic island, and does it really exist? Or is it just an anecdote to confirm our worst fears about over-consumption? A cloud drifting and floating through media spaces and digital forums? A society of objects which is created on a planetary scale, and accumulates cultural traces and artifacts?




interactive part

Directed by  Shuruq Tramontini
Produced by Liam Young
Special Thanks to Alexey Marfin  
Sound Design by  Ismini Christakopoulou 

Scientific Advisor  Jules Jaffe (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Research Advisor Win Cowger,
Nathalie Zilberman (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Technical Support  Memo Atken
Tobias Heinemann
Jasmine Roberts

Thanks to  Benjamin Bratton
Alex O'Flinn
Ben West
Pinar Yoldas
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
SCI-Arc // Fiction & Entertainment

Supported by  The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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Argo Instrument Animations by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab