The Architect Who Evokes Emotion Through Tech
From her homeland of Scotland to Germany (where she’s now based) to the interactive exhibitions, theatrical productions and immersive education projects she creates worldwide, Leigh Sachwitz proves that her brilliant mind wanders as much as she does. “Vision is imagining the future and thinking outside the box,” notes the founder of flora&faunavisions design studio, which she launched in 2005 after a few years of putting her architectural degree to work and experimenting with visuals, sights and sounds on the eclectic Berlin club scene of the late ’90s. Her goal with flora&faunavisions’ work is to foster an emotional connection and a sense of optimism in those who experience it. “Technology is our love language and beauty our inspiration,” she says of the innovative work she and her team creates. And you don’t even have to bribe a German bouncer to get you in the door.
Leigh Sachwitz helps visitors “bring their dreams to life” through Utopian Garden, a joyfully interactive, immersive digital experience created to tour the world, and currently in Tacoma, WA. Structured as a game, participants play through Science, Nature and Art chapters as responsive sound design and AI-generated visuals stimulate the senses. At the end, a communal Utopian Garden is revealed in stunningly colorful effects, hinting that utopia is a place we all must create together. Leigh’s traveling Inside Out installation, coming to the U.S. as part of the WNDR Museum’s permanent collection, is an immersive 360-degree audio-visual experience that climaxes when a glass ceiling virtually shatters and its walls disappear. Visitors are left exposed and purified in the dawning light. Genius Da Vinci is a currently touring, one-of-a-kind digital interactive experience, which takes visitors on a journey to discover the genius mind of Leonardo Da Vinci and to ask themselves the question, “If he had been alive today, what would he be creating and how would he see the world.” And with Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a 15-hour opera that will launch in December in Brisbane, Leigh joins forces with director Chen Shi-Zheng to build a kinetic digital stage, which allows for performer interaction and countless, dynamic digital set creations.