Przemiany Festiwal 2021

VR Experiences

Virtual Reality (VR) experiences – designed by an increasingly wider circle of visual artists, as well as it is used often for educational purposes – year after year, they show what a wide range of possibilities this new area of art and science can bring. A virtual immersion in new, alien worlds, and exploration of their complexities – it's hard to compare this with anything but the way in which we experience the non-virtual world in our everyday lives, using our senses.

Which is why this year, during Przemiany, we want to tap into this huge communicative medium, and present climate change related experiences to our Visitors. They will impacts your emotions, imagination, and senses. Who knows, maybe they will motivate you to pursue pro-climate activism.

What can you expect?

You will feel one with nature more intensely than usual – like with magnifying glass, you will take a look into the usually invisible and mysterious life of nature.

You will see our daily lives through the prism of carbon footprint, which is today being generated by the everyday lifestyle of each and every one of us.

You will be immersed in a world, where night is the only protection from the burning Sun.

Our VR review will allow you to look at climate change and the future of the Blue Planet, through the prism of poetic pictures, and bodily experiencing digitally generated plants, which vibrate under touch.

Curator of the VR Section at Przemiany Festival: Weronika Lewandowska

Meet Your Carbon Footprint – invisible greenhouse gasses

Every day, our carbon footprint influences the future of planet Earth. Often, we don't even realise which of our everyday activities affect the global warming. What can we do in order to limit the emissions of greenhouse gasses? Let's begin with small steps, at home, in shops, and on the street. Meet Your Carbon Footprint is a 360° video, created by the United Nations under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). This experiment maps the emission of invisible greenhouse gasses in the human environment, and helps to identify the sources of carbon footprint, which, in turn, can become an aid in changing our everyday habits.

(ambisonic video 360°, language: English, 4:46)

United Nations Environment Programme

Tree VR – inside the body of a tree, or empathy for rainforests

Rainforests are the green lungs of Earth, and the oldest living ecosystems in the world, rich in diversified flora and fauna. The process of deforestation and wildfires are big dangers to these areas, which can have consequences for all of us. Awarded at many festivals, Tree VR takes us to a rainforest. We can become a part of it. Within the virtual reality, we transform into a huge, tropical, ceiba pentandra (kapok) tree. Our hands take the shape of branches – they grow and transform. From this perspective, we can observe the life of tropical flora and fauna. Tree VR allows us to understand, that nature needs our help, as it can be powerless in the face of some dangers that humans can escape from, and nature – can't.

(interactive VR, and a spatial installation designed by Magda Major from Paper Heroes, language: English, 8:00)

Directed by: Milica Zec, Winslow Porter

Executive producer: Devon Baur, New Reality Company

Nightsss VR – a poetic experience of digital nature

Spending time in nature has beneficial effects for our bodies and our minds. Listening closely to the sounds of nature lowers our levels of stress and pain. And what if we dive into the world of digitally generated plants? Can the world of digital nature help us to relax and regenerate? Within the poetic experience of Nightsss, we can renew our connection with nature. Organic movements of objects, a meeting with a dancing figure, and the changing environment – they transform us, too. We explore the virtual space of the night, just to end up facing the virtual Sun and soak up in its warmth. Poetry and sounds of nature take us on a journey within ourselves. Thanks to just a moment spent on a virtual meadow, we notice real change in our bodies and in how we breath.

The world premiere of Nightsss took place on Sundance Film Festival in 2021. It was awarded for the best spatial arrangement of interactive sound at Cinequest Film & VR Festival.

(interactive VR with a sensory-kinetic installation, designed by Magda Major from Paper Heroes studio, language: Polish, 7:00)

Directed by: Weronika Lewandowska, Sandra Frydrysiak

Executive producer: Laboratorium Narracji Wizualnych/ vnLab