Virtual reality (or VR) is taking leaps and bounds in the world of cinema. This technology, which refers to a simulated experience of reality, transmitted through a headset, enables artists and directors alike to explore the spatial dimension of film – something that is difficult to achieve within the usual two-dimensional confines of the cinema screen. Often associated with video games, VR is being increasingly embraced by international auteurs. 2017 saw the release of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Carne y arena, which takes users in the footsteps of Mexican and Central American refugees as they approach the US border; just last year, Asif Kapadia debuted Laika, a short about the famous Soviet canine’s expedition into space. One thing is for sure: in the coming years, VR is set to revolutionise how we all experience cinema.
In partnership with the ICA, we are pleased to present VR Nightsss, an immersive, sensory-kinetic virtual experience that premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2021.
The night is young; the moon casts its blueish hue across the dusky sky. You step into this twilight world, tall trees and craggy rocks lining your path. A dancing figure gestures towards you, seemingly inviting you to explore your natural surroundings. As you let go and immerse yourself in this new reality, your body will transform, sweeping you up on an oneiric journey. An experimental and sensual experience of poetry, dance and nature, VR Nightsss is bound to leave an indelible impression on those that accept its invitation.