PREVIEW: FRI 10 JUN 16:30 - 20:00, SITE GALLERY
FRI 10 JUN, 12:00 - 20:00, SITE GALLERY, THE SPACE & UNION ST
SAT 11 JUN - WED 15 JUN, 11:00 - 18:00, SITE GALLERY, THE SPACE & UNION ST
Enter Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Virtual Reality Arcade, co-programmed by Site Gallery, where you can fulfil your childhood fantasies to travel back in time, become an astronaut or meet an aboriginal elder in the middle of the Australian desert. VR is a powerful medium that can put you in someone else’s shoes in order to see the world through their eyes.
In Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, which recently won the Storyscapes Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, you can experience what it is like for a blind man to visualise the world through sound, while In My Shoes: Dancing With Myself shows you what it is like to experience the disorienting onset of epilepsy.
In Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel you become a young man in 1916 Dublin, swept up in a political struggle that changed his life and the destiny of a nation. Three VR docs take us on different parts of the migrants’ journey to find a safe haven in Europe.
We Wait is Aardman Animations' first VR film - and takes on a boat with a Syrian family in a desperate bid for survival.
In Collisions you will meet an aboriginal elder whose first contact with white society was during the atom bomb tests at Maralinga. You can take a virtual acid trip with the people who started the hippy movement in Origins.
6x9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement catapults you into the stark reality of the lives of American prisoners who are locked up for 23 hours a day, while in Across the Line, you can experience first-hand the challenges of seeking reproductive healthcare in the US.
You can even travel to the International Space Station and see if you can cope when a space-walk doesn’t go to plan in Home - An Immersive Spacewalk Experience or become a scientist on the surface of Mars, looking for clues to the planet’s history in Mars 2030. Prepare to immerse, discover, move and be moved and to interact in new 3D worlds.
This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England.
The following projects will be featured in the 2016 Alternate Realities: Virtual Reality Arcade:
6x9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement
Across the Line
Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel
Home - An Immersive Spacewalk Experience
Home : Aamir
In My Shoes: Dancing With Myself
Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness