Documentation from Debora Alanna’s “Visual Poetics”

Visual Poetics

An Ora4art collaboration

“Visual Poetics has been an opportunity to create psychogeographies as visual poetics. Virtual Reality (VR) / MXR exploration enabled the elucidation of ideas about the poetics of space, through the use of virtual reality software: Tiltbrush and Open Brush, Styly, Blender and Unity. VR environments were mainly created in Tiltbrush and Open Brush, with software ‘brushes’, and imported sound that responded to brushes within the software. Integral to the visualization of poetics via these VR environments was the integration of the music and soundscapes I created with ambient sound recordings; and original music by collaborating artists. The sound instigated psychogeographic insights through VR paint/drawing responses, reflected in the titles of each work. Imports of OBJ files from laser scans, microscopic imagery, digitally created objects, and 2d images made into 3d objects, became integral to over 200 VR environments, unique explorations of poetic psychogeography.” – Debora Alanna


Bora Bodur – main collaborator

  • Barry Chabala (original music/soundscapes)
  • Roy Green (original music/soundscapes & 3d objects)
  • Tyr Jami (original music/soundscapes)
  • Lance Austin Olsen (original music/soundscapes & 3d objects)
  • Andre Furlani (original voice clips)

Public sharing of Debora’s work from Visual Poetics is ongoing via public immersive VR experiences in Mozilla Hub; with videos of the VR on Youtube and other platforms; and in VRChat at the Odyssey Gallery. A public VR experience of the psychogeographies was held at the Technology Visualization Studio at Concordia University, on 26 May 2023.

View Debora’s virtual sculptures interacting with the landscape here, via Styly:

This slideshow features images from the presentation of Visual Poetics at Technology Visualization Studio at Concordia University:

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An example of video created by Debora for Visual Poetics:

Visual Poetics is a part of the BBMC’s VR Forward Project, made possible thanks to the support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada