The VR project Dazzle by artist duo Gibson/Martelli in collaboration with design collective Peut-Porter has been selected for the first VRHAM! open call as part of the EU project REAL-IN. In a one-week residency in Marseille, the team from UK will continue their project work under the mentorship of the multi-award winning production company Dark Euphoria. 

The VR experience Dazzle combines dance with dazzling optical illusions: Recreating the optimistic, rebellious spirit of the 1919 Chelsea Arts Club Dazzle Ball at the Royal Albert Hall. The VR experience encourages the audience to dance with the artists, who alternate between virtual and live choreography. In the worlds of the dazzling ball, dancing avatars meet in front of striking black and white backdrops. The British team would like to develop this project during the one-week residency in Marseille. The focus will be on how new forms of expression can enhance the audience experience and increase the audience’s active role in inluencing the interactive storytelling.

VRHAM! invited creative professionals and artists working in the field of interactive art to apply for the first open call within the framework of the EU project REAL-IN to further develop their existing artistic project through the use of 3D scanning technology during a one-week residency in Marseille. The creative team selected by an international jury (Judith Guez/Founder and Curator, Rector VRso Festival; Lilli Paasikivi-Ilves/Artistic Director, Finnish National Opera; Tomás Saraceno/Performance and Installation Artist; and Ulrich Schrauth/Artistic Director, VRHAM!) will present the results of their residency at tthe REAL-IN Convention on 11 June in Hamburg, which will take place parallel to this year’s VRHAM! Festival and will be dedicated to interactive art.

 

The artists and artistic teams for the VRHAM! FORWARD residencies have been selected: In Mai 2021 Zoe Dihaki and Marina Mersiadou (London) and Gustavo Gomes (Cologne) will continue to develop their projects INHIBITION and VOTARY in collaboration with Institut für Zukunftsforschung  (ITZ) at Zimmertheater Tübingen.

The immersive performance INHIBITION by Zoe Dihaki and Marina Mersiadou is based on Adolfo Bioy Casares’ novel The Invention of Morel, which questions conventional theatre. In their work the artists, who both come from the field of architecture and are researching in the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School in London, combine VR technology with multi-layered audio-visual stimuli and biofeedback as a further artistic-technical element. The audience is invited to interrogate their personal reality and to become performers themselves. In the one-week online residency, they want to expand the prototype of INHIBITION, which so far can only be experienced by three participants at a time, test new tools and get into conversation with artists, audience and experts.

In VOTARY by Gustavo Gomes, the idiom “dance around the golden calf” takes on a new meaning. The Brazilian artist, dancer and choreographer, who lives in Cologne, has created a performance installation that converts the biblical verse from the Book of Exodus into binary codes and transfers them into a choreography. The audience will be able to experience the performance as a connection between dance, film and augmented reality via a QR code on their mobile phones. Gustavo Gomes would like to further develop the project during his residency at ITZ in Tübingen. The cooperation partner for the VRHAM! FORWARD residencies is the Institut für theatrale Zukunftsforschung  (ITZ) at Zimmertheater Tübingen. The artistic teams selected by a national jury (Peer Mia Ripberger/Artistic Director at ITZ; Sabrina Schmidt/ Festival Dramaturg, VRHAM; Markus Selg/Artist, Stage Designer, Musician) will present the results at this year’s VRHAM! Festival in Hamburg

About VRHAM! FORWARD:
VRHAM! FORWARD invites artists, creative teams and experts to experiment with virtual and augmented reality in the field of performing arts, to discuss and discover the current developments. The program supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, includes discourse events, panels, workshops and residencies.

VRHAM! is a partner of the new European network for XR festivals and markets Eurofest XR Network.

The network aims, among other things, to evaluate synergies, promote the exchange of knowledge among each other, provide the best possible distribution of European works and support XR artists and producers.

Ulrich Schrauth: “We strongly believe in the power of networking and cooperation and with joined efforts we are putting XR art and immersive technologies on the agenda across Europe!”

Further members are: Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF), Stereopsia, PiXii Festival, Encounters Film Festival, Virtual Worlds Festival und Les Ailleurs.

For the first time, the 18th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Kiev will host the VR Doc Lab, a lecture series on VR, from 27 March to 3 April.

European experts will give insights into financing, storytelling and VR technology. VRHAM! is a project partner and was closely involved in the programme’s development. Festival director Ulrich Schrauth will give an overview of the XR festival scene in his lecture on 3 April. VR Doc Lab is organised by the Academy of Visual Arts in Kharkiv.

Further project partners are INVR.SPACE (Berlin), NowHereMedia (Berlin) and Docudays UA (Kiev).

 

The first VRHAM! open call for the EU-funded project REAL-IN is closed. Creative teams and artists working in the field of interactive art who aim to explore the use of 3D scanning technologies in their already existing or current project were invited to apply until 15 March.

88 projects from 27 countries were submitted. The members of the international jury of experts, Judith Guez (Founder and Curator/ Rector VRso Festival), Lilli Paasikivi-Ilves (Artistic Director/ Finnish National Opera), Tomás Saraceno (Performance and Installation Artist) and Ulrich Schrauth (Artistic Director/ VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival), will select an artistic team for the one-week residency in Marseille by the end of March. The winners will receive technical and editorial support from Dark Euphoria and a production budget of 10,000 euros. The first results will be presented at the VRHAM! Festival.

REAL IN is a cross-cultural and cross-sectoral research project by VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival (Hamburg), La Manufacture (Avignon), MEET Digital Culture Center (Milan) and ESPRONCEDA Institute of Arts & Culture (Barcelona). Together with the award-winning production company Dark Euphoria (Marseille), the four European partners from the fields of interactive art, theatre, music, Fashion and design want to further develop the use of 3D scanning technology in combination with immersive technologies for the creative industries.

For the new programme VRHAM! FORWARD in cooperation with the Institut für theatrale Zukunftsforschung (ITZ) at the Zimmertheater Tübingen, VRHAM! is looking for artists who are interested in experimenting with virtual and augmented reality in the field of the performing arts for the current festival edition from 4 to 12 June 2021. Two creative teams will have the opportunity to (further) develop their already planned or new immersive projects in one-week residencies at ITZ and to showcase it at this years VRHAM! Festival. The Open Call starts on 3 March 2021. 

VRHAM! FORWARD

VRHAM! invites artists from Europe to explore the possibilities of VR and AR for the performing arts and these technologies can be integrated into performative formats. Already conceptualised projects or artistic works in their intital stages of development are to be continued in a one-week residency at ITZ in between 1 to 16 May 2021. The artistic processes will be accompanied by renowned international mentors. A first project status will be presented at the opening weekend of VRHAM!.

The Open Call starts on 3 March and ends on 31 March 2021.

VRHAM! FORWARD is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In cooperation with Institut für theatrale Zukunftsforschung at Zimmertheater Tübingen.

The ITZ (Institut für theatrale Zukunftsforschung) at the Zimmertheater Tübingen stands out through its hybrid form as theatre venue and producing theatre. Its focus on devised theatre and the literature-producing approach on socio-political topics characterizes the ITZ as a model for a municipal theatre of the future. Besides productions with the ITZ ensemble the theatre welcomes international theatre companies such as STEREO AKT (HU), Fräulein Wunder AG and Neue Dringlichkeit (CH) which pursue their artistic work during their residencies in Tübingen. Different discursive formats organized by the theatre are another core component of the development processes and thus, as upstream discourse and exchange platforms, enable content-based and scientifically inspired artistic results of high aesthetic quality.

For the 4th edition of VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival, taking place in Hamburg from 4 June to 12 June 2021, we are looking for the latest artistic VR, AR and Mixed Reality projects from all over the world. As one of five partners of the EU project REAL-IN, VRHAM! also calls for applications from individual artists and artist teams who want to explore the possibilities of 3D scanning technology for the development of their projects in a residency. Both Open Calls will start on 1 February 2021.

OPEN CALL VRHAM! 2021

VRHAM! invites VR artists from all over the world to submit VR, AR and Mixed Reality projects they are currently working on or have recently completed. We accepted installations, 360° films, live performances and interactive works. The selected projects will be presented in the 2021 program, both physically in Hamburg and digitally accessible worldwide. All submitted projects compete for the 5,000 Euro VRHAMMY AWARD, which will be presented by an international jury on the opening night of the festival.

The Open Call starts on 1 February and ends on 28 February 2021.

OPEN CALL REAL-IN: INTERACTIVE ART

As one of four partners of the EU project REAL-IN, VRHAM! calls for applications from individual artists and artist teams who want to explore the possibilities of 3D scanning technology for the development of their interactive projects (recently finished or currently in progress) in a weeklong residency. The selected creative team will present the results of the residency during the VRHAM! Festival in Hamburg (4-12 June 2021), both at a conference for the industry and also for the festival audience.

The Open Call starts on 1 February and ends on 15 March 2021.

Within the framework of the EU call for proposals “Bridging Culture and Audiovisual Content through Digital”, the cultural project REAL IN, co-initiated by VRAHM!, has received funding as one of eight projects.

REAL IN is a cross-cultural and cross-sectoral research project of VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival (Hamburg), La Manufacture (Avignon), MEET Digital Culture Center (Mailand) and ESPRONCEDA Institute of Arts & Culture (Barcelona).

“We are extremely pleased to receive this funding commitment! This is a great honor, an exciting next step for the VRHAM! Festival. On the initiative of us and ESPRONCEDA from Barcelona, we were able to set up a great project with other partners that will explore and present developments in 3D scanning technologies for artistic and immersive projects across borders and across Europe.”

The four European partners from the fields of interactive arts, theater, music and design, together with the award-winning production company Black Euphoria (Marseille), will further develop the use of 3D scanning technology in combination with immersive technologies for the creative industries to promote new participatory approaches for audiences. With REAL IN, an innovative program of residencies, symposia and workshops will be implemented to present and discuss the prototypes jointly developed by creatives, programmers and creative industry actors at the respective festivals and events.

INVR.SPACE has been awarded the Halo Award in the category “Special New Horizons” at VRDays Europe for the social platform “LFF – THE EXPANSE”, a variation of the META SPACE VR Platform developed together with Ulrich Schrauth and Anja Cambria for the BFI London Film Festival 2020.

The Virtual Reality Full Service Studio, based in Berlin and Munich, had already been a Virtual Venue Partner for VRHAM! VIRTUAL had already virtually recreated the Gleishalle in Hamburg’s Oberhafen as a festival venue.

The Halo Awards are presented for AR and VR projects. The organisers want to use the prize to highlight European works, performances, projects and to honour the creative people who produced them.

The four-day VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival ended in the evening with the People’s Choice Award ceremony (winner: Gravity VR) and a concert in cooperation with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

“Our experiment to move the festival for international VR art into virtual space has been successful”, said Ulrich Schrauth. The artistic director is delighted with the positive response of the national and international visitors and the great popularity. “Over 600 registrations on our website alone for the VR-glasses discount campaign in cooperation with grover.com and DKB, for Steam codes and activations, plus well over 2000 visitors who followed our opening on Thursday. Extrapolated to the four days of the festival, we currently expect more than 20,000 viewers on our channels including the Museum of Other Realities and Magenta VR,” says Ulrich Schrauth.

The People’s Choice Award for the best experience of the artistic programme goes to Gravity VR by Fabito Rychter and Armir Admoni. The two artists deal with falling and stage it as a peaceful floating in weightlessness. The VRHAMMY Award, already presented at the opening ceremony by an international jury of experts (Liz Rosenthal, Jesse Damiani, Kay Watson) with the kind support of the ZEIT-Stiftung, goes to The Key by Celine Tricart. A special mention was given to Daughters of Chibok by Joel ‘Kachi Benson.

Highlights of the program included the Artist Talk with the artists Michelle-Marie Letelier (The Bone), Christian Lemmerz (La Apparizione) and Michel Lemieux (iCarus), about the possibilities of VR art in times of physical distancing. In cooperation with Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the projects Captured and The smallest of Worlds – a Social Landscape of collected Privacy were presented as part of the residency programme. The CyberRäuber provided insights into their theatrical installation CyberBallett. VRHAM! VIRTUAL ended musically on 7 June: In cooperation with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) and with the support of the NORDAKADEMIE-Stiftung, the work Tessellatum by Donnacha Denney was performed live by viola da gamba player Liam Byrne together with the musicians Johanna Ruppert (violin), Friedemann Slenczka (viola), Simone Drescher (cello) and Kristina Edin (double bass) at the festival hub and streamed to the Museum of Other Realities and on YouTube. The recorded VRHAM! concert from the Oberhafen will be one of three “Moondog concerts” to kick off the “Summer of Possibilities” of this year’s Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

Numerous partners have supported the digital edition of the festival, which has been taking place since 2018. Ulrich Schrauth: “With VRHAM! VIRTUAL we have successfully explored the growing digital possibilities. Never before has there been a festival with encounters and social interaction in virtual space. With this edition we have created a virtual version of VRHAM! – including a great virtual location designed by INVR.Space – which will grow with us and gives us the chance to create a complementary digital VRHAM! Festival for all upcoming physical editions.”

The 18 experiences from the artistic program can be experienced in the Museum of Other Realities and via the Magenta VR app until 4 August 2020.

The fourth VRHAM Virtual Reality & Arts Festival will take place as a physical festival most likely at the beginning of June 2021 in Hamburg’s Oberhafenquartier.