Want more? Don’t miss the Phi Immersive: Theatre of Virtuality in Venice! (press release)

Want more? Don’t miss the Phi Immersive: Theatre of Virtuality in Venice! (press release)

From August 28 to October 28, 2019, Phi presents the third phase of Phi Immersive: Theatre of Virtuality. The 6 month-long exhibition, which explores ways new and emerging art forms are consumed, opened May 6, and is running parallel to the 58th International Biennale Arte. Phase three introduces virtual reality works by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, a collaborative experience between sculptor Antony Gormley and Yale astrophysicist Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, and an exclusive run of Punchdrunk International and Samsung Electronics America’s critically acclaimed performance piece, Believe Your Eyes (Aug. 28 to Sept. 7). 

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“One of our biggest goals is to contribute to the renown of exceptional immersive creations on the international scene,” said Phi’s founder and director, Phoebe Greenberg. “Touring these works around the world serves as a catalysis for the promotion of arts and culture without boundaries. Every invitation, every collaboration, every link forged brings us closer to achieving this.” 

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Phi Immersive: Theatre of Virtuality – Phase Three

Punchdrunk International and Samsung Electronics America

Aug. 28 – Sept. 7  – Believe Your Eyes is a multi-sensory experience that immerses participants in a ghostly dreamscape. This 360-degree, 4D theatrical experience combines film-based technologies and real-time interaction to blur the lines between the physical and the digital, thrilling and unnerving the senses. 

Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg

Aug. 28 – Oct. 28It Will End in Stars is an immersive virtual reality experience combining Nathalie Djurberg’s distinctive sculpted figures with black-and-white charcoal drawings, text and an unsettling soundtrack by Hans Berg. Viewers enter a disconcerting world of half-remembered fairy tales when they encounter a wolf in a cabin in the woods. The animated animal is responsive to the viewer and objects around the room become portals to another dimension, ultimately leading to a sprawling starscape. 

Antony Gormley and Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan

Aug. 28 – Oct. 28 – Wearing an immersive headset, viewers begin their journey on the deserted island of Kiritimati (Christmas Island) in the Pacific Ocean – an island which, due to rising sea levels, is in danger of disappearing. After discovering a launch pad in amongst a cluster of palm trees, the user’s body falls upwards through the clouds and into outer space.

Olafur Eliasson

Aug. 28 – Oct. 28 – Olafur Eliasson’s long-standing interest in the relationship between self vs. others and self vs. the environment profoundly influences Rainbow – an ephemeral natural phenomenon generated by a digital process. A major innovation, the multi-user function opens the way to new spaces for and towards virtual reality in art. 

Marina Abramovic

Aug. 28 – Oct. 28 – Marina Abramović’s first virtual reality work, which was presented during the initial program, is being extended. A poetic and disturbing call to action, Rising exposes spectators to the effects of rising sea levels in order to make them more responsible in the face of climate change.

Location in Venice

Phi Immersive: Theatre of Virtuality is located at Ca’ Rezzonico Gallery, next to the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum, Dorsoduro 2793 and 2793A, Venice. The gallery is open Mondays and Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-7pm, and closed on Tuesdays. Admission is free and open to the public.

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