IN BLOOM Exhibition by Estella Tse
In Bloom' is a story of redemption, overcoming the darkest days in one's life to find light again.
In collaboration with Oxford University, virtual + augmented reality artist Estella Tse shares her story of overcoming Complex PTSD and debilitating Depression through her immersive art. You'll find moments, snapshots, and explorations from four of Estella's phases: The Darkest Days, Recovering and Doing the Work, Rebuild, and Thrive. Each piece is a seedling that shapes and colours the larger ecosystem of Estella's life and growth. You'll also find integrated works by Oxford researchers.
The Artful Intelligence Season. Creative Conversations about AI.
An opportunity to explore, experience, engage and investigate the future possibilities and the ethical implications of the technological advancements in AI/AR and VR – technology that is impacting every area of our lives. Throughout June, the Humanities Cultural Programme and The Institute for Ethics in AI will hold a series of conversations with academics, industry experts and creative practitioners - pathfinders who are working at the leading edge of emerging technologies in music, art, dance, theatre, and film.
Quote from Estella Tse “What's wrong with me? Everyone must think I'm so stupid.
This is all my fault. My inner critic can be so, so cruel. I know I'm not the only one who struggles with these thoughts.
In Bloom: An Augmented Reality Exhibition is first and foremost a story of self-redemption from the inner demons that haunt us. I had to take three years away from full-time creative work in order to grieve the sudden death of my best friend, compounded with being in an abusive relationship, and no longer having a home. I dedicated myself to healing, addressing my childhood traumas, and allowing myself time and space to overcome the darkest parts of myself.
In Bloom is an honest look into my healing process — how I transmute my pain into light. This, I know, is my gift. From analog, to digital, to virtual, to full-immersion, I use all mediums to transform my pain into beauty. I hope the sentiments shared in In Bloom will resonate with viewers and they find self-compassion in their own journeys as well.”
Dr Victoria McGuinness, Head of Public Engagement at TORCH
“The Artful Intelligence season from the Humanities Cultural Programme is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in Oxford to experience and engage with many aspects of the exciting future that technology can offer us. The “In Bloom” exhibition with Visiting Fellow Estella Tse offers everyone the chance to explore the many creative and positive elements of augmented reality.”