Leo Erken, Frieda Gustavs / NL, 2022 / 10 min.
The VR experience Walzer by Frieda Gustavs and Leo Erken takes you on a journey through a landscape consisting of thousands of photographs of women from the first wave of feminism (1850 - 1940). The duo have developed a new way of making archival material accessible to all using virtual reality.
The photographs, which are sometimes over 100 years old, are given new life and meaning in Walzer. The unknown portraits were collated from private collections, found on Marktplaats or at flea markets. Thousands of personal female histories were hidden in those boxes and albums. These stories can finally be told by morphing these photographs into one another in 3D. Tales, songs and poems are whispered, sung, screamed and told by voices in eight different languages. Walzer thereby revives the first wave of feminism (1850 - 1940).
In Eye 31 May through 7 June.
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Leo Erken, Frieda Gustavs
Dutch, Russian, Polish, English, German, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese
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.
Eye International Conference
Walzer aligns perfectly with the ‘Activating the Archive’ theme of this year's Eye International Conference (4 - 7 June 2023). At the conference, which will be organised in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, experts will discuss the archiving of collections and the activist use of archives.
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