Launched last year at Venice VR 2018, the XR app from VRrOOm aims to stream few projects for the festival. If you didn’t have a chance to attend the VR island this year, this is an opportunity to catch up on few (6) of them (link)! VRrOOm also launches new channels on Samsung VR and with the help of LucidWeb on WebVR.
VRrOOm XR App – The 6 experiences
Every night, hundreds of IDF soldiers go on dozens of arrest missions in Palestinian villages in the West Bank. This film gives its viewers a one-time peek into this ‘routine’ IDF fundamental experience, where manliness and shame, strength and weakness, lowliness and power, combine. In doing so, the film tells a tale, both realistic and surreal of this place.
Ex-military security guard, Mr. S works for a bank and leads the life of a normal working-class man. He fantasises about a major heist, a dream that becomes reality when a mysterious black leather bag is deposited into the bank vault by a VIP. Mr.S successfully robs the black leather bag through the help of his veteran friends, whom he murders in order to keep it for himself.
As he enters the tunnel, the real world starts to peel away from him. Mr.S steps out of a strange elevator and arrives at hell, where all his past sins are playing on television screens. Is this the fantasy of a moral man, or is the heist real?
DAUGHTERS OF CHIBOK – VENICE VR 2019 BEST STORY AWARD (WebVR)
In 2014 the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok (Borno State, North East Nigeria) was thrust into the global spotlight when the dreaded, anti-women education, terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the town at night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories. The world watched in shock and horror as videos of the girls, surrounded by machine gun- wielding terrorists, surfaced all over the internet and satellite channels across the globe. The VR deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings, and explores topical global issues of gender rights and the right to education.
You are sitting in the back of a taxi, driving in the dark. As the landscape begins to change, the outside environment becomes increasingly surreal. You piece together your story—abstracted and dream-like— as you progress into the quiet shock of a new world.
VR FREE (WebVR)
VR Free explores the nature of incarceration spaces by portraying some fractions of life inside the Turin prison. The film also captures the reaction of few inmates during their encounter with immersive videos of life outside of prison. By using the VR headsets, the prisoners get to virtually participate in some collective and intimate situations which are no longer within their reach.
THE WAITING ROOM (WebVR)
The Waiting Room is VR journey which tells the story of Victoria Mapplebeck’s breast cancer (as patient and director) from diagnosis through treatment to recovery. The lynchpin of this VR piece is a 9-minute durational 360 take, a reconstruction of Victoria’s last session of radiotherapy. The user finds themselves in an intimate and unexpected role of bystander. This experience is counter balanced by a CGI journey inside her body. Cancer cells, CT scans, mammograms and ultrasound provide a 3D portrait of Victoria’s body from the inside, out. The Waiting Room begins with a personal journey but as cancer affects one in two of us over the course of a lifetime, it also tells a very universal story.
You can now watch six films from the Venice VR official selection from September 8 to October 8, 2019 on the VRrOOm XR app (Apple App Store / iOS – Google Play / Android / Daydream – Oculus store / Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR – Viveport / HTC Vive). Some of them are also available on the VRrOOm channel on Samsung VR, or on web XR for any type of headsets, including the Oculus Quest (please find the web XR links below the film titles).