What: Electric Dreams: VR Cinema – Cosmic
Where: Great Hall at Electric Dreams @ Masonic Lodge
Duration: 40 minutes
When: only 3 shows left – Sunday March 23
Genre: Interactive / Virtual Reality
Review by Sarah List
The electric dreams conference has been in adelaide this week and has a number of events open to the public, including cinema screenings of movies produced with VR technology in mind.
Settling into a comfy swivel chair, you strap on your goggles and headphones and wait in a tranquil sunset balloon scene and wait for the experience to commence. There’s two movies screened which are very different in topic. The first is a visit to the Ganges for the Kumbh Mela festival, where you are fully 360 degree immersed into the stories of the women who travel to experience their happiest month of the year. Being able to look in absolutely any direction and feel like you are in the same space as the women was a surreal experience. What an incredible way to experience cultural events or spaces that might otherwise be inaccessible, expensive or dangerous to travel to. From a practical perspective, VR of this type offers an incredible opportunity for learning about people and places, and build cross-cultural bridges.
The second film ‘Conscious Existence’ stunned in other ways. The best way to describe it would be like an intergalactic, parallel worlds or out of body experience – where you find yourself amongst the gas clouds of space, exploding forewords, unfurling flowers, and less definable dancing shapes and colours. Your sense of childlike wonder dominates and you can’t help but be awed by the breathtaking beauty of our world (and beyond) and the life that inhabits it.
A life changing, unmissable experience for all ages.