In September 2018, an announcement was sent out on a University of Melbourne mailing list regarding virtual reality (VR) events. It mentioned that SensiLab PhD researcher Sojung Bahng would be presenting on critical empathy and VR. Somehow this announcement entered the inbox of Eugenia Kim, PhD researcher at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, who was also examining the use of narratives to convey empathy in VR environments. Immediately Eugenia contacted Sojung for more information, e-mails were exchanged and it quickly became apparent that extensive interaction would be needed to answer each other’s questions. With that, SensiLab Director Jon McCormack kindly arranged for Eugenia to visit SensiLab in April 2019.
Upon meeting, Sojung and Eugenia realized that they needed to create works in order to answer a number of the questions that they had been discussing. Remelt was one of these explorations, an attempt to challenge the way movement can be used in a digital narrative. It was inspired by the 3D printed wall designed by Roland Snooks of RMIT/Studio Roland Snooks, the early works of Maya Deren, Anna Halprin and Yvonne Rainer, and Sojung’s generative interactive film, Differential of Memory (2015-2016).