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Venice VR Expanded + VR-installations

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2021 / 135 min.

Venice VR Expanded – the complete selection of VR works from the Venice Film Festival – can also be seen in Eye in September, supplemented by three recent artistic, spatial virtual reality works by Dutch and Belgian makers.

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After last year’s success, the Venice Film Festival’s prestigious Virtual Reality programme that features 33 VR experiences, of which some 20 are in competition, will not only be available at the Lido in Venice, but also at a network of satellite locations. Globally, some 14 international cultural institutions and museums will be taking part including Eye Filmmuseum.

This time around, Eye will also present three spatial VR installations some of which are part of the competition programme in Venice. All three are by makers from the Benelux.

Please note:
there is much more VR than can be viewed in one timeslot.

Please arrive there on time! Visitors should collect their personalised routes – featuring a selection of VR experiences and based on your wishes and the experiences’ availability – to the right of our box office at the Venice VR Meeting Point.

VR can have side effects. Read more on virtual reality sickness.
Unfortunately, Angels of Amsterdam and Apart / Together are not wheelchair accessible.

Venice VR Expanded
In the Room at the Top, you can make a selection of which of the 33 works in Venice VR Expanded you'd like to see. You will receive this handout on location to help you choose.

Apart / Together
(Demian Albers and Micha Hamel)
This VR experience by author/musician Micha Hamel and VR maker Demian Albers feels grand and yet intimate. Grand because this room-scale VR experience allows you to explore the three-dimensional drawings freely to the rhythm of the words. Intimate because Apart / Together literally immerses you in a romance under threat. The playful tableaus and intuitive interaction allow you to experience the lovers' memories of youth: the two prove each other's opposites. As adults, they have their own emotions and expectations. Which will you opt to hear or examine? The freedom of choice and the fact you can never experience everything, makes this romance a subjective, intuitive experience for visitors.

Apart / Together
has been selected for the Gouden Kalf Digitale Cultuur [Golden Calf award for digital culture] during the Netherlands Film Festival.

Angels of Amsterdam
(Anna Abrahams and Avinash Changa) (watch trailer)
As a guest at a house of ill repute in 17th-century Amsterdam, you witness an important episode in the lives of four young women. You’ll meet Maritgen Jans who decides to transform into David Jansz, the runaway slave Juliana hiding from the man who considers her his property, the hopeless migrant Elsje Christiaens who, in desperation, attacked her landlady with an axe and Soete Cut who turns her sexuality into her power. Four pugnacious angels for whom the gold in the Golden Age was unattainable. Each uniquely took their own fate into their hands.

Angels of Amsterdam is the only Dutch entry selected for the VR competition at the Venice Film Festival. It has also been selected for the Golden Calf for Digital Culture at the Netherlands Film Festival.

Hands-on Hamlet
(CREW – Eric Joris)
Presentation in cooperation with De Brakke Grond
Please note:
to be experienced from 1 - 5 September 2021!

How to act in a world full of conflict when every moral is determined by a different conception of humanity and worldview? CREW has investigated this and other Hamlet questions. This installation takes you physically and virtually to Hamlet’s world. As you wander around the imaginary corridors of Elsinore, you move through five scenes that you can experience from a variety of perspectives. The first being the virtual, 3D world where the characters appear attired in historical costume in a 17th-century castle. The second is the ‘real’ world that consists of 360° video shot during rehearsals.

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Virtual Reality productions are an increasingly important element of the contemporary film experience. Eye has created a new programme, Xtended, to focus on VR. In Xtended, you’re not confronted with the flat surface of a film screen. You move around virtually in 3D through a designed space that surrounds and immerses you on all sides.

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Xtended: Angels in Amsterdam in Eye © Tibor Dieters

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still from Apart / Together (Demian Albers and Micha Hamel)
still from Angels of Amsterdam ((Anna Abrahams & Avinash Changa)

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