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15th of April | 9:00 pm
Experience two of the most critically acclaimed VR films to date.
Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, a genre-defining VR documentary in which audio diary recordings form a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, documenting John Hull’s discovery of ‘a world beyond sight’; and a second award-winning piece shot entirely on location in California maximum-security prisons called Step to the Line.
Act 1: NOTES ON BLINDNESS: INTO DARKNESS
After being told in 1983 that he would lose his sight, theologian John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness, it would destroy him.
Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness is based on John’s audio diaries, and allows audiences to access John’s world of blindness in an exploratory, user-led experience.
Guided by narration from his original audio diaries, the experience uses binaural sound tethered to real-time 3D visualisation, to map environments built up through multi-layered patterns of sound. The piece won the prestigious Tribeca Storyscapes award, with the festival’s jury praising the project's 'meticulous and elegantly crafted audio landscape’, its 'care and compassion’ for both the project's protagonist and its audience, and its profound closing message that 'being human is not seeing, it's loving'.
- By ARTE Experience, Ex Nihilo, and AudioGaming, in co-production with Archer’s Mark
Act 2: STEP TO THE LINE
Shot entirely on location in a California maximum security prison, Step to the Line is a documentary that aims to provoke a transformation in the spectator’s eyes about prisoners, the US prison system, and the spectator themselves. Step to the Line is a story of the consequences of systematic racial inequality and an exploration of the ways lives are changed when someone serves time in prison.
- By Ricardo Langarono, Defy Ventures