PHOTOS: Virtual Reality and Sacred Space

Students in an intersession religion course visited Knowles Memorial Chapel last week to examine the architecture with a slightly different perspective.

During winter intercession last week, Assistant Professor of Religion Todd French’s class, God, Robots, and Technologies of the Self, experimented with virtual reality headsets. Students in the course explored the rapidly growing field of technological innovation in relation to religion, while addressing the ethical and social problems that it creates and tries to solve.

While using special headsets to experience artificial reality, students were challenged to compare the structure and architecture of the Knowles Memorial Chapel with virtual sacred spaces. By examining contemporary religious structures and spaces, students are better able to think about what sacred virtual space will look like in the future.