BIFF Expanded deals with the intersection between film, visual art and new technology. The exhibition consists of hand picked Virtual Reality projects which push the limits and challenge the conventions of digital storytelling. The main theme of this exhibition is empathy, delving into the immersive quality of VR experiences in extreme situations and the reactions it can provoke.
The VR projects can be experienced at Visningsrommet USF at Verftet.
The exhibition is free, and open 21.–27. september between 13:00–21:00.
Francesca Panetta & Lindsay Poulton, Storbritannia, 9 min, Gear VR
The Guardian’s first virtual reality piece “6x9” places viewers in an interactive, virtual segregation cell. Created in collaboration with content creation studio The Mill, the film aims to highlight the psychological deterioration and sensory deprivation that can be the effects of long term solitary confinement for the people who have experienced it first hand around the world.
Gabo Arora, Ari Palitz, USA, 8 min, Gear VR
Denne VR-opplevelsen følger en mor i Gaza som prøver å bearbeide tapet av sine to barn, som begge ble drept i et bombeangrep på skolen deres.
In Gaza, foundations are built, destroyed, and built again. This V R experience follows a mother attempting to cope with the loss of her two children, victims of a shelling attack on her children’s school.
Darren Emerson, 14 min, Storbritannia, Gear VR
In Great Britain 32,000 people are detained awaiting deportation. Many of them are not returnable and paperless. Meanwhile, they are held imprisoned for an indefinite time.
Gabo Arora, Chris Milk, USA, 9 min, Gear VR
Meet Sidra. This charming 12-year-old girl will guide you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Zaatari is home to 80,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp’s population.
Gabo Arora, Chris Milk, USA, 10 min, Gear VR
This is the story of Decontee Davis, an Ebola survivor who uses her immunity to care for orphaned children in her Liberian village. Liberia has endured the largest Ebola outbreak in history.
Peter Middleton & James Spinney, Storbritannia, 25 min, Gear VR
Based on John Hull’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness, as documented in an audio diary he began recording in 1983. Each scene addresses a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using VR technology to create a fully immersive experience in a ‘world beyond sight’.
Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 min, HTC Vive
Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams.
Roderick Coover, Scott Rettberg, Daria Tsoupikova, Arthur Nishimoto, USA, 40 min, Oculus Rift
Veteran testimonies of US military interrogation practices and human rights violations during the Iraq War, often by young and ill-trained soldiers who never expected to become torturers. The VR system delivers users into the domestic spaces of an American home where seemingly ordinary objects trigger haunting memories.
Roderick Coover, Scott Rettberg, Nick Monfort, USA, Combinatory Narrative Video
A combinatory narrative film about memory, mortality, alienation, and regret. Spoken word narrative segments and images are assembled into fragmented stories. Running continuously, the system never generates the same narrative in the same order twice, but nevertheless produces a coherent holistic story of a man's late search for meaning among the detritus of his life and environment.
Roderick Coover, Scott Rettberg, USA, 40 min, Database Narrative Film
Six fictional characters confront life decisions brought about by the toxic floods of rising seas and storms in a computer-driven recombinatory film that never plays in the same order twice. The stories are set in a future landscape of refineries, chemical storage depots, a nuclear power plant and countless brownfields - the legacies of 19th and 20th Century industrialization.
Oscar Raby, Great Britain, Australia, 12 min, Oculus Rift
This VR project lets users step into the memories of 19 year old Dubliner Willie McNeive and journey back in time to a moment that changed Irish history forever: the Easter Rising of 1916. Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel presents an artistic journey into the experience of an ordinary man who was swept up into an extraordinary event.
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