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Research Labs 2022: VRA Academy

VR Academy: Crowning Gods and Slave

Research Labs 2022

Every year students of the Amsterdam University of the Arts get the chance to apply for a research period at the VRSpace (VRAcademy) on the Marineterrein. Conservatory Master student Xillan Macrooy will present ‘Crowning Gods’, a live performance exploring sonic and visual interplay. His volumetric VR videoclip called “Slave” will also be shown.

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Our shared history is stained with tales of wars for religious, political and racial dominance. In order to imagine a future that celebrates diversity and inclusivity, we must let go of the idea of superiority.

Crowning Gods sketches a scene of a confrontation between two leaders from different worlds, who challenge each other on a spiritual and ideological level by raising existential questions.

Volumetric video clip

VR Academy will also present an interactive volumetric video clip created by the teachers of VRAcademy to research the possibilities of volumetric video and certain interactive features of the production. It was made in close collaboration with Xillan Macrooy and his band before Xillan started working on his own research. In this volumetric video clip, you will experience a power struggle with artist Xillan Macrooy. “Your method is madness, your weapon is chaos, you break through the silence inside his head.”

The participating students of the ResearchLabs, and anybody with a ticket for a film in Eye is welcome to experience the work for free between 11:00 and 21:30, except between 16:00 and 18:00. You might have to queue.

Talk and performance at 17:00

In their talk, Xillan Macrooy and VR Academy teacher and coordinator Nikki van Sprundel will tell you more about both research projects. Xillan Macrooy will also give a live performance of his video clip. The projects are connected, but use different media and forms of interaction to tell different stories. Xillan and Nikki will tell you about the ideas behind them, but also about the creative process when using these kinds of techniques.

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Research Labs

In 2022 we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Eye Research Labs. Every year during the time of the Research Labs presentations, Eye is a hub for students of academies and universities who flock to present their own work and view that of others.

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Winners 2022

During the festive 10th edition, the Best, Most Urgent and Most Surprising works were awarded by the Cherry Pickers, a group of students from the participating academies.

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