Beyond the Frame (VR)

Beyond the Frame is an interactive virtual tool for the presentation of images from the  Smithsonian’s Open Access collections. It converts a selection of natural landscape paintings into immersive three-dimensional spaces. Users will experience the landscapes through the eyes of the artist by “walking” into the painting, surrounding themselves with the artist’s interpretation of the natural world.

The key interaction of Beyond the Frame is a full immersion into a painting. From the cascading falls of Colombia to river valleys in Germany, viewers will escape into a vision of the world as artists of the past interpreted it using the innovative tools available to us today.

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Lorena Lopez Hechavarria is an interaction and immersive experience designer born in Havana, Cuba, and based out of Miami, FL. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art in 2014 and is currently completing her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Miami’s Interactive Media program in the School of Communication. Her design focuses on using digital and physical interactions to fully immerse users in experiences to not only entertain, but also educate. Her goal is to use these techniques to enhance and transform the user experience of museums and other educational spaces.