Online virtual museum in collaboration with the artist Bink.

The bink cafe is a virtual museum where every month a new collaborative exhibition is organized. The artist Bink invites artist with different backgrounds working from various disciplines. What they all have in common is that they have a passionate story to tell.

Visit to experience the museum for yourself. Click on the door to go inside the cafe. By holding down you mouse button and moving your mouse you can look around. Click on the ground to move to that position. Click on people, radios and paintings for special interactions. Press F (or the cat) to enter fullscreen (and escape to exit fullscreen).

Making off

Bink already had the idea of a virtual museum in her head for some time before she came to me. At our first meeting she brought this sketches of what she would like to accomplish.

One of the main things we wanted to figure out for this project was how to make it easy for her to change the placement of artworks without needing to learn Unity. It would also have been a hassle to have to build and upload the Unity project every time we wanted to make a new expo.

In the end we decided to work with a json file which described where all the artworks where hanging, what everybody was saying, which radio made what sound, how many floors the lighthouse has and much more. Changes in the file could almost instantly be seen in the experience itself, creating a very fast feedback loop.

simplified excerpt of the json file:

      "floorName": "Pixels in Time",
      "darkMode": true,
      "people": [],
      "artworks": [
          "title": "giraffe",
          "artist": "NO FISH",
          "position_x": 118.2,
          "position_y": 0,
          "height": 1.5,
      "videos": []

Another important goal we had was to keep everything in the experience in Bink’s own drawing style. For the final look we used multiple techniques to achieve the final look. Like the inverted hull technique for the stairs and the bar. The other lines on the walls come from a texture. 2D billboards for the objects and most of the characters. And a special kind of billboard for Bonk (see image to the right).

My own expo

I was the first artist who could show their work in the virtual museum. The exhibition was temporary but here are some screenshots from when it was still online.

Bink Cafe Expo with NO FISH | 20 April 2021 – 31 May 2021

Resources used:

HardwareOculus Questexperience kind of works in VR
SoftwareUnitygame engine
Visual Studiocoding
Blender3D modeling
Photoshoptexture work
WinSCPfile transfer to server
Unity AssetsWebXR Exportused to get webXR working
Prefab Lightmappingused to bake lighting data into prefabs
Mesh Bakerused for optimization

An online virtual museum where the architecture is ever changing, giving a new context to the art on display. is a virtual experience I worked in for Museum Arnhem. I was responsible for technical and interactive side of this project. I also worked on the building and environment and realizing the visual style of the experience. The virtual museum can be enjoyed from your browser (in the window below) or at the museum itself from a virtual reality headset. The surfaces of the architecture in the museum are always changing based on where your mouse is. The patterns and textures are inspired by riso print.

Visit to experience it for yourself. You can look around by holding down you mouse button and moving your mouse. Click on the ground and you will move to that position.

Making of:

For this project we had to figure out how we would animate the patterns on the walls and floors. Eventually we used simple black and white animation frames which got picked randomly and recolored with colors from two color palettes.

To save space, the animation frames for the buildings where combined in single textures (one per building). By color coding them they can easily be read by a custom shader. They where also tiled so even more frames could fit in a singe (square) texture.

The final combined textures have the extra benefit of looking very nice. 😀

Custom shaders where very important for this project. They where used for ‘animating’ the patterns, but they where also used to get the style we wanted. We were inspired by riso prints and the way they use noise to create gradients (see left).

In the experience we used the custom shaders to combine (baked) lighting, patterns and noise to create surfaces which look interesting from far away as well as from close by.

Resources used:

HardwareOculus GoVR headset used in the museum
SoftwareUnitygame engine
Unity Shader Graphfor custom shaders
Visual Studiocoding
Blender3D modeling
Photoshoptexture work
WinSCPfile transfer server
Unity AssetsWebXR Export used to get webXR working
Oculus Integration used for support on the Oculus Go
Odinused for custom Unity inspectors

In collaboration with:

Artheneum [Riezebos+VR]

VR expo made for the artist Peter Riezebos in which your environment is unstably balanced on books.

A VR exposition made for the Dutch artist Peter Riezebos. In this experience you van view 14 of his paintings. Exhibited in a space inspired by the former library of Hardewijk, now the studio of Peter Riezebos.

Making off

The goal for this project was to create a space consisting of recognizable elements from the original library. With this building blocks a new space could be created that felt like it could fall over at any moment. With walls and roofs that are supported by wobbly piles of books.To achieve this custom software wasdeveloped with which you could stack the building blocks by hand in VR.

Demo of the software

Resources used:

Hardware:HTC Viveused for building the environment
Oculus Goused for the final experience
Software:Unitygame engine
Visual Studiocoding
Blender3D modeling
Unity Assets:SteamVRused for building the envrironment
Quick Outlineused for building the envrironment
Oculus Integrationused for support on the Oculus Go
Arc Teleporterused as basis for the teleportation system
Resources:Booksfor all the books
Brick Texturefor the walls

In collaboration with:

Peter Riezebos

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