Realities+D is the new space for viewing Virtual Reality content at Sónar+D. Up to a dozen films, music videos and interactive experiences will be presented for the first time in Spain at Realities+D
Walking New York. Chris Milk, Zach Richter, RJ
Walking New York is born out of the collaboration between Vrse and the New York Times. It is a virtual reality film that documents through an aerial shooting, the creation process of a street art piece by the French artist JR. The piece is a 150 feet tall mural that portraits a New York City recent immigrant and was created exclusively to illustrate the cover of the New York Times. The film is directed by Chris Milk, Zach Richter and JR.
Evolution of Verse. Chris Milk/Digital Domain (Vrse)
Evolution of Verse is born from the collaboration between filmmaker Chris Milk and the visual effects studio Digital Domain. The result is a photo realistic journey through a computer generated landscape where the user can walk on water to be shortly after swallowed by a spiral of colors and run over by a train. A cascade of emotions that caused great impact at the Sundance Festival.
Catatonic. Guy Shelmerdine (Vrse)
Catatonic is an immersive journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. The experience was captured on location at a derelict mental hospital in Pasadena. Catatonic’s production value and cinematography bridge the stark terror of a gripping horror film with the inescapable immersion of virtual reality.
Clouds over Sidra. Chris Milk/Gabo Aora
Clouds over Sidra is a commission of the United Nations in partnership with Samsung. The piece, created for the World Economic Forum in Davos, offers a unique perspective into the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. The film follows a syrian twelve year old girl in a refugee camp in Jordan, home to more than 84.000 syrian refugees. Virtual Reality technology allows in this case, to experiment life as a refugee and generate empathy towards a reality that even though it’s hard, it is not devoid of hope.
Iconic Worlds. hiPolygon
The videogame studio hiPolygon decided to turn into a reality their dream of visiting, and living even if only for a moment in the imaginary worlds that they had seen in films and videogames. Involving themselves in each story and idolizing their creators, they pay a tribute to all the things that have inspired them and they invite the audience to experiment these illusions through virtual reality and live for a short while on series, films and videogames like Dragon Ball, Jurassic Park, The Legend of Zelda, Majora’s Mask or Matrix.
All these imaginary worlds have been created from scratch, taking all these references just as an inspiration.
Whiplash is a new device that brings audiovisual and virtual reality experiences to a new level. It is a multi-purpose chair capable of moving tridimensionally, making 360º movements in two axis. Its size is reduced and it doesn’t require any installation. Whiplash allows to experience unknown sensations such as free-fall, accelerations, slowdowns, rotations and other movements that multiply the viewing experience of a virtual environment. It works by simply connecting it to any kind of mobile device, computer or VR headset. (Whiplash will be located in Pavilion 4 Level 0).
Stor Eiglass. Squarepusher, Marshmallow Laser Fest, Blue Zoo, Rob Pybus
Squarepusher has always explored the creative possibilities of technology. To illustrate his new single “Stor Eiglass”, he has teamed up with the creative studio Marshmallow Laser Fest, the Blue Zoo animation studio and illustrator Rob Pybus to create a colorful sci-fi fantasy addressed to Virtual Reality platforms.
Nimbes. Joanie Lemercier
Nimbes is a piece originally created to be projected in a dome. It is a 360º immersive environment that originates from the collaboration between Joanie Lemercier and James Ginzburg. This experience wants to reflect upon the cosmos and the evolution of the universe from the perspective of the human dimension.
Way to Go is a walk in the woods, an interactive experience in a restless panorama. A mixture of hand-made animation, 360º video capture, music and code. An environment where one can walk, run, fly and discover what’s hidden around. Way to Go is created by Vincent Morisset, Philippe Lambert, Édouard Lanctôt Benoit and Caroline Robert. Produced by NFB and France TV.
Vice News VR: Millions in March. Spike Jonze, Chris Milk & Vice News
Vice News VR: Millions in March is the first virtual reality news broadcast. This project gets together filmmakers Spike Jonze and Chris Milk to cover a protest where 60.000 people took the streets of New York to demand greater police accountability. An opportunity to see, hear and feel the news.
Herders, Felix and Paul Studios
Herders is a cinematic virtual reality observational journey that bears witness to the lives of nomadic yak hearders in Mongolia.
Realities+D will be open from 10am to 12pm just for Accreditation holders.