On 22nd of October 2018 in the “Kyiv” cinema, a VR Opportunities Conference took place. As a passionate fan of immersive technologies and art at the same time, I simply had no right to miss it!
The conference was held in frames of New German Сinema Week Festival, which was organized by Goethe-Institut Ukraine and Arthouse Traffic, and was dedicated to new media, cinematography, culture and virtual reality & immersive storytelling topics.
The VR Metamorphosis
The main guest of the event was Mika Johnson: first and last foreign speaker here. Originally from the Czech Republic, but spent most of his childhood in the US and you could feel it by his great English speech and pronunciation. He is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer who likes combining strong narratives with new media and whose most recent project, “The Metamorphosis VR”, visitors of “Kyiv” cinema could check and experience by themselves — so did I.
The project was created with the help of animators and modelers. It took them 6 weeks to rebuild every single item from Kafka’s room. A lot of pieces were constructed manually in order to create a unique product. You could spare my experience, watching the short trailer of this masterpiece:
Another interesting speaker Alona Stulii, a young Ukrainian director representing the “Chornobyl 360” virtual tour project. It exists for already about 3 years and gains popularity abroad. Unfortunately, it’s still in beta-version due to a lack of stable financing. But even in beta, it’s educational and entertaining together, which involves interaction with the participant. You may check the presentation of it below:
Aftermath VR: Euromaidan
After Alona a word took Alexey Furman with his “Aftermath VR: Euromaidan”, storytelling about the tragic events of the morning February 20, 2014, in a virtual reality format:
Alexey was a witness to that day’s events and it impacted him a lot. After studying few years abroad, Alexey came back to Kyiv and has a wish to tell and show this memorable story to the rest of the world, «without anguish and excess decorations, just how it was» — he clarifies.
As we can see the market of creative industries and immersive technologies is developing and growing at a very high speed. I just excitedly wonder how many new ones will appear within the next years, what they will tell us, and what they will bring into this world.
However, we should always remember about two sides of the technology and in the midst of technological progress to always remember about us – people, nature, and love.