We Flow into the World, and the World Flows into Us — The Beauty of Blood Flow, The Tides Within Us & EVOLVER



‘We Flow into the World, and the World Flows into Us — The Beauty of Blood Flow’

The partners present a behind-the-scenes documentary on the series of audio-immersive and VR installations created in collaboration and driven by their shared amazement about the human body. The works explore notions of interconnectivity between humans, the environment, and digital technology. Following the journey of oxygen through the body, the installations reveal the human connection with the environment through every breath and each heartbeat.

The creators explored the beauty and wonder of the human body from a deliberately new perspective. Using medical blood flow reconstructions and a supersized digital model of a cardiovascular system, and running particle simulations through it, the representation of our bodies is revealed in ways never seen before.  

Pushing the frontiers of media art and science engagement, these mind-expanding works allow audiences to explore the spatial installations physically, rediscovering the human body as landscape, and the miracle of blood flow in the heart deep inside the body regardless of gender, age, and race. As attention zooms inwards to the tree-like lungs, where oxygen meets the blood flow, up to the brain, down to the limbs, to the fingers and toes and further to the cellular levels of the body, the audience becomes aware how the cycle of respiration connects us one to another and to the natural world. 
Credits | Directors: Bianka Hofmann (Fraunhofer MEVIS), Barnaby Steel (Marshmallow Laser Feast); Creative Director: Barnaby Steel; Producers: Anya Tye, Stephen Patry-Makin; Executive Producers: Eleanore (Nell) Whitley, Mike Jones; Writers: Frank Grotelüschen, Bianka Hofmann, Simon Wroe; Science Consulting & Communication: Matthias Günther, Bianka Hofmann, Alexander Köhn; Editor: Sandra Ciampone; Narrator: Michelle Newell; Original Composition: Rhydian Evetts; Sound Design: James Bulley; Additional Shots by: Nils Johannesson, Alexander Köhn, Lewis Saunders


‘The Tides Within Us’

The Institute's expertise in digital medicine and the MR-Lab research has enabled Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) to work with medical data at the bleeding edge of capturing techniques. The result is a series of stunning interactive screens that allow the audience to explore the human ecosystem. Scientific data sets that peer deep into the human body formed the starting point of this artwork. This collaboration has opened new ways of seeing and experiencing the human body. As immersive technology continues to evolve, offering new platforms for experiential and embodied learning, the potential for this collaboration grows too. The ultimate goal of the project is to change the way people learn and think about themselves in relation to the environment. Where does the human body end, and where does it begin?
Credits | Concept: Marshmallow Laser Feast; Directed by: Barnaby Steel, Ersin Han Ersin, Robin McNicholas; In collaboration with Natan Sinigaglia; Scientific Partner: Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS; The Tides Within Us was co-commissioned by York Museums Trust, Mediale and Coventry City of Culture. Funded by Arts Council England 



EVOLVER from Marshmallow Laser Feast is a collective virtual reality experience which drops audiences deep inside the landscape of the body, following the flow of oxygen through our branching ecosystem, to a single ‘breathing’ cell. Through this transcendental narrative, it becomes clear that breath not only sparks life, but also connects us to the natural world through the cycle of respiration. The datasets provided by Fraunhofer MEVIS were vital to the development of EVOLVER, where they provided a range of custom assets, including full-body MRI scans and MRA exams of a volunteer, alongside blood flow data and consulting for CT scan assets, to form the project's core human body. In addition to the Institute’s primary mission – developing real-world software solutions for severe diseases' image-and-data-supported early detection, diagnosis, and therapies – Fraunhofer MEVIS scientists are committed to raising awareness about how digital transformation influences health care. They develop experiential SciArt projects to stimulate critical dialog, reach new audiences, and foster a diverse future R&D landscape and ownership of new technologies.
Selected Credits | Narrated By: Cate Blanchett & Lee Jung-jae; Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman & Terrence Malick; Directed By: Marshmallow Laser Feast; An Atlas V, Pressman Film and Marshmallow Laser Feast Production; In Association with Dirty Films; Made in Collaboration With Natan Sinigaglia and Imaginary Friends; Music By: Jonny Greenwood, Meredith Monk, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Howard Skempton, Yair Elazar Glotman and Jon Hopkins; Executive Producers: Cate Blanchett, Coco Francini, Andrew Upton, Nicole Shanahan, Nell Whitley, Mike Jones, Paula Paizes, René Pinnell; Producers: Antoine Cayrol, Sam Pressman; Co-Producers: Guillaume Brunet, Morgan Bouchet; Line Producers: Martin Jowers, Emma Hamilton; Supported by Nicole Shanahan & Bia-Echo Foundation; 
Scientific Key Collaborator:Fraunhofer MEVIS.

Exhibitions & Material


EVOLVER is exhibited at ACMI in Melbourne, from 23 November 2023 – 14 April 2024

EVOLVER exhibited at MUSEUM WAVE in Seoul from 17 June to 17 September 2023
Squid Game’s Lee Jung-Jae joins Cate Blanchett in new voiceover for EVOLVER: A Virtual Reality Journey Of Life and Breath.


EVOLVER – A Virtual Reality Journey of Life and Breath at 2022 Tribeca Festival, New York, USA from 9-19 June

The Tides Within Us, as part of the launch programme for The Reel Store, the UK’s first permanent immersive digital art gallery, which opens in Coventry from Friday 13 May 2022, becoming a permanent new visitor attraction in the heart of the city. To create this project, Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF)—one of the world’s leading immersive art collectives—partnered with Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS. 

'The Tides Within Us' at SIGGRAPH Asia 2021. Fraunhofer MEVIS presents as a research partner, jointly with Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF), and York Mediale 'The Tides Within Us' at SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Art Galleries, December 2021
See SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 – Art Gallery Trailer

'The Tides Within Us' launched as one of the major artworks being presented as part of the Coventry City of Culture. It is co-commissioned and co-produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust and York Mediale, August 2021

'The Tides Within Us' could be experienced, as part of the Human Nature Exhibition, at York Art Gallery, October 2020 to May 2021

Guided Tour at the Ars Electronica Festival: A behind-the-scenes look into 'The Tides Within Us,' September 2020

Industry Award

Evolver was Finalist at VR Awards 2023 “VR Experience of the Year”
VR experience of the year is awarded to companies that produce and execute a truly outstanding, quality experience which has resulted in positive user feedback.


Industry Award for Best New Media Format, Raw Science Film Festival 2022, for the Tides Within Us

A cross-sectoral project utilizing high-end MR research results, 'The Tides Within Us' – created by Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) and research partner Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS – is an ongoing exploration into the world beyond the limits of our senses at the intersection of art, science, and technology.


Honorary Mention

‘EVOLVER’ receives Jury Mention for Storyscapes Award at Tribeca Festival 2022

‘The Tides Within Us’ receives Honorary Mention at STARTS Prize 2021
The cross-sectoral project, ‘The Tides Within Us’ received an Honorary Mention at the STARTS Prize 2021. It is an ongoing exploration into the world beyond the limits of our senses at the intersection of art, science, and technology. The prestigious STARTS Prize annually recognizes groundbreaking projects at the interface of science, technology and the arts that have the potential to contribute to economic and social innovation.
Jury Statement


Unique and pioneering artwork

The immersive sciart project ‘The Tides Within Us’found its way into the compelling book IMAGINING IMAGING by radiologist Michael R. Jackson. "Blending a unique mix of art, science, and medical history, together with aspects of visual neurophysiology and psychology, Imagining Imaging is essential reading for radiologists, radiographers, and artists alike."


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