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Presented by Real World VR as part of the Transitions Film Festival.

VR PACKAGE #2 (30 mins)
A Virtual Reality Experience by award winning directors’ Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee (Emergence Magazine) & Lester Francois (Studio Bento). Includes three VR film screenings:

– Sanctuaries Of Silence (USA) – 7 mins .
– The Atomic Tree (USA) – 11 mins.
– Intermission (AUS) – 5 mins.

Sessions are held on Monday 24th & Sat 29th Feb. Spots are limited, booking is essential on Eventbrite.

Sanctuaries of Silence is an immersive listening journey into the Hoh Rainforest, one of the quietest places in North America. Silence just might be on the verge of extinction, and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. Through this virtual reality experience, join Hempton in asking: How do we cultivate silence? How do we practice deep listening in order to connect to the wild around and within us?

The Atomic Tree is a journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world: a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed—and survived—the atomic blast in Hiroshima. From Japan’s ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, this virtual reality experience explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree.

“This story couldn’t be told in any other medium but VR.” – Engadget

Intermission was an experimental exhibition that took place at the former Collingwood Technical College. The buildings that form the Collingwood site have remained unoccupied and vacant for 12 years, but is now on the eve of becoming a working arts precinct and cultural hub. In the interval, a large crew of diverse artists produced and installed work over three floors of one of the heritage buildings. The project brought together a line-up of local, national and international artists of various practices, ranging from graffiti, murals, installation, performance, poetry and sculpture.

Lester Francois was invited to capture in VR the ephemeral works of the Intermission exhibition. Through VR audiences are able to experience the exhibition and building well after the space has been transformed.

Session Times: 

Saturday 29th February

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • 10:40 AM – 11:10 AM
  • 11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
  • 1:40 PM – 2:10 PM
  • 2:20 PM – 2:50 PM
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • 3:40 PM – 4:10 PM
  • 4:20 PM – 4:50 PM
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