V.R. INNOVATION: Chaos on the Green Line


A love of mass transit inspired Todd to mount "Chaos on the Green Line," a first-of-its-kind app that turns consecutive rides on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Green Line into a virtual reality thrill ride.


Available for iPhone and Android, the app, triggered by the GPS movements of the train, can be ridden in either direction and operated with the help of a VR headset. 600 people experienced "Chaos" using free Google cardboard headsets during Northern Spark Art Festival 2017.


Chaos was originally set to expand into a 7-mile-long experience featuring 23 different VR thrill rides, but bandwidth issues forced a re-iteration of Chaos as MōMōVA: The Moving Museum of Virtual Art, detailed elsewhere on this site.

"Chaos" was made possible by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the City of St. Paul Cultural Star Grant Program, and others.

I get a kick out of seeing the delighted faces of the people captured in this video. For me, the magic of this installation is that it makes a familiar public space unfamiliar and introduces a shared experience to random cross-sections of mass transit riders. I believe in mass transit, and it’s a thrill to press my creative energies to its service. 


Todd is grateful to the following for support of his work: Forecast Public Art, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council of/and The Minnesota State Arts Board, The National Endowment for the Arts, The San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Warhol Foundation, as well as individual commissions and supporters on Patreon

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