Sabrina Ratté

Inspired by the writings of Donna J. Haraway, Ursula K. Le Guin and Greg Egan, this work plunges us into a speculative future where samples of an extinct plant species are preserved and displayed in a virtual archive room. Floralia is a simulation of ecosystems born from the fusion of technology and organic matter, where past and future coexist in the perpetual tension of the present.

   
The Canadian projects are part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2021 and are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada (Embassy of Canada to Germany) and the Government Office of Québec in Berlin

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Lead Artist / Director Sabrina Ratté
Soundtrack Andrea-Jane Cornell
Technical support Sporobole, 0/1

Canada, France, 2020

Mária Júdová

Intersecting contemporary dance, art and VR technology to offer glimpses of a hidden world through the eyes of a shaman, Kykeon is an immersive exploration of ancestral knowledge and ritual.

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Running time 7 minutes
Lead Artist / Director Mária Júdová
Choreographeer  Taneli Törmä
Dancers Amber Pansters, Bojana Mitrović, Finn Lakeberg, Milena Wiese, Zachary Chant
Sound designer Alexandra Timpau
VFX support Florian Friedrich (Narranoid)
HW support Marko Júda
Project Title, Logo Design Constantine Nisidis
Producer Mara Nedelcu
Co-Producer  Motion Bank / Hochschule Mainz, Sensorium Festival

Slovakia, Germany, Great Britain, 2020

Bettina Katja Lange, Joan Soler-Adillon,     Uwe Brunner

Since the beginning of the domestic quarantine, our private spaces have acquired an unusually high priority; they have become indispensable places of retreat. We searched for new niches and corners to find peace and to reflect on the current situation. Paradoxically, it has been a moment that connected us all, even if we experienced it separately. A walk-in immersive archive in virtual reality, The Smallest of Worlds is a time capsule of global involvement. It aims to document and investigate traces of relationships between people and those intimate and personal places that have helped them cope during this period of quarantine and self-isolation. It is a VR installation based on the contributions of participants, who share their private spaces, experiences and thoughts.

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Running time 20 minutes
Lead Artist / Director Bettina Katja Lange, Joan Soler-Adillon, Uwe Brunner
Creative Technologist Burkart Schwaighofer
Sound Designer Juan Carlos Duarte Regino
Assistant Max Happ, Stefan Maier

Denmark, Austria, 2021

Mélodie Mousset, Edo Fouilloux

This mesmerizing, interactive virtual reality soundscape invites us to dive into the deep waters of our consciousness. Immersed in an aquatic dream-like state, visitors encounter ghostly marine creatures – glowing jellyfish – that beckon participants to sing through them. The jellyfish are controlled and animated through the pitch, vibrations and intensity of each participant’s voice, creating a surreal yet harmonious choir of the self

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Running time 5 – 20 minutes
Lead Artist / Director Mélodie Mousset, Edo Fouilloux
Interactive Audio Design Chris Heinrichs
Developer Vinicius Pereira Faria, Tom Frackowiak
Technical Artist Victor Beaupuy
Consultant Morten Thorning
Additional Music Moises Horta

Switzerland, 2021

 

Michelle & Uri Kranot

An animated VR experience exploring themes surrounding acknowledgement and the awkward intimacy of humanness, The Hangman at Home is constructed through five interwoven stories. Each situation presents a person, or persons, in a delicate moment: fragile, playful, terrified, contemplated, confused, curious… We can all be alike in these moments – prompting us to question our responses and responsibilities. The project is based on Carl Sandburg’s poem ‘The Hangman at Home’, from his acclaimed 1922 collection ‘Smoke & Steel’.

   
The Canadian projects are part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2021 and are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts,  the Government of Canada (Embassy of Canada to Germany) and the Québec Government Office in Berlin.

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Running time 25 minutes
Lead Artist / Director Michelle & Uri Kranot
Producers Lana Tankosa Nikolic, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron, Katayoun Dibamehr, Avi Amar, Marc Bertrand, Julie Roy
Narration Michelle Kranot
Technical DirectorMorten Andersen
Animation Philip Piaget, Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot, Juliette Viger, Mohammad Babakouhiashrafi, Fabien Corre, Morten Andersen
Production Companies LateLoveProduction, FloeralFilms, MiyuProductions, The National Film Board of Canada

Denmark, France, Canada, 2020

VR The Forest Collective

»Slowly I followed the sounds of breathing that I could perceive in the distance. Carefully listening to the frequency of each breath, it seemed as though I drew closer. So close, they escaped my own chest. When a tremor suddenly moved through me; virtually shook me. I wanted to hold on, yet my hand could not. And then they were back: sounds of breathing. Deep and immersive. All was gently led by an unfathomable flow. An ancient rhythm of arising and ceasing«

This installation represents the confluence of humanity and nature. It is conveyed through the dissolution of physical borders by an artwork whose guiding principle is to form connections. The viewer is invited to slow down and turn inward, the experience deeply affecting their sense of Self. The Forest Inhales You is a gentle reminder of our interconnection beyond the permanence of form.

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Running time 7 minutes
Creative Concept Inka Kendzia, Jason Stapleton, Noël Labridy
Director Inka Kendzia
Lidar scan, point cloud editing and VR dev  Jason Stapleton
Music Mr. Sakitumi

South Africa, 2019

German Heller, Federico Carlini

Paper Birds is a beautifully realized immersive animation about a short-sighted, musically gifted boy seeking his way through the world of darkness to bring back his sister, who was abducted by the great shadow. Using his musical skills to open portals to the mystical land of darkness, he’ll confront the great shadow so that it may reveal its purpose. This journey engages with our senses to explore the unknown that we’re often afraid to face. A story about inspiration, intuition and emotion, and the power of music in evoking these qualities.

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Running time 15 minutes
Lead Artists / Directors German Heller, Federico Carlini
Narration Archie Yates
Producers Federico Carlini, German Heller, Averie Timm
Executive Producers Yelena Rachitsky, Colum Slevin, German Heller, Federico Carlini, Jorge Tereso, Kane Lee
Art Direction Erica Villar
Head of Development Goyo Higa
Animation Director Andersson Rey
Lead Animator Paula Ramos
Music Cyrille Marchesseau

Argentina, 2020

Samuel Lepoil, Léon Denise, Dorian Rigal Minuit

In this VR exploration of imaginary places, participants take on the role of architects constructing a fantasy city, from the erection of the first building, through to its eventual ruin. The underlying idea is inspired by French philosopher Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia, defined by the physical representation or an approximation of a utopia, or even a parallel, contradictory and transforming space – worlds inside worlds.

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Running time 10 minutes
Lead Artists / Directors Samuel Lepoil, Léon Denise, Dorian Rigal Minuit
Sound Designers  Antoine Wert, Alexandre Bobe
Actress Claire Saumande

France, 2020

Patricia Detmering

Aporia is a virtual world that generates and develops itself via algorithms. In doing so, it negotiates the sociological processes of open and closed societies. 60 human avatars, each equipped with its own AI, inhabit the world of Aporia. They can explore this environment, individually deciding on their actions. One element of the AIs acts within the limits of a stronger ordering principle, while the other moves without restrictions. When a ‘disruptive element’ appears in the form of a stranger, groups are formed and leaders appointed. The subsequent dynamic within the environment become the central theme of this work.

APORIA was awarded second place in the VR Art Prize of the DKB in 2021.

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Running time 16 minutes/endless
Lead Artist / Director  Patricia Detmering

Germany, 2020