The best of Canadian VR in Milan and Turin
On the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Italy, the November 23 and 24 at Milan and Turin, Canada brings the best of creativity and innovation with some of its most groundbreaking immersive works.
A collaboration of the most fruitful between the National Film Board (NFB) / Office National du Film du Canada (ONF), Canadian leader of the innovation of Virtual Reality, the National Cinema Museum of Turin, the MEET Digital Culture Center | Cariplo Foundation in Milan and the Canadian Embassy in Italy to bring interactive and engaging experiences to Italy that go beyond the boundaries of cinematic storytelling.
On November 24th at 18.30, it will be held the inaugural event at MEET Digital Culture Center, the first International Center for Digital Art and Culture in Milan. The initiative, opened by speeches in the presence of Maria Grazia Mattei, Founder and President of MEET, HE Elissa Golberg, Ambassador of Canada in Italy, Cecilia Ramirez, Director of Collaborations and Development, National Film Board of Canada, foresees a Meet the Media Gurus with Miri Chekhanovich and Édith Jorisch, directors of Plastisapiens.
At the MEET in Milan there will be four works that it will be possible to see until the Christmas holidays, in addition to Plastisapiens, indeed there will be:
· This Is Not A Ceremony by Ahnahktsipiitaa, a VR cinematic experience carefully and kindly guided by hustlers, matriarchs and buffaloes as you face some of the darker sides of Indigenous life.
· The Book Of Distance by Randall Okita, an interactive virtual pilgrimage through immigration and family to recover what was lost.
· Gymnasium by Clyde Henry Productions, we enter the quiet of an abandoned school to penetrate a place where the ephemeral ghosts of a lost childhood await us.
The National Film Board/ Office National du Film du Canada has been “the eyes of Canada” since its founding in 1939, overcoming cultural barriers and sharing Canadian stories and perspectives with the world.
Featured in the Venice VR Expanded 2020 section of the Venice Biennale, the NFB/ONF is proud to return to Italy to celebrate the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Italy with these pioneering works in the world of virtual reality.
The 23 November from 5 to 7 pm in Turinin the’Hall of the Temple of the Mole Antonellianathere will be a presentation with Domenico De Gaetano, Director of the National Cinema Museum, HE Elissa Golberg, Ambassador of Canada in Italy, Cecilia Ramirez, Director of Collaborations and Development, National Film Board of Canada, the two Canadian creators of the production Plastisapiens, Miri Chekhanovich and Édith Jorisch, and the professors of the Turin Polytechnic Tatiana Mazali, Andrea Bottino and Vanessa Vozzo. The panel will be in English.
At the National Cinema Museum until the end of the Christmas holidays it will then be possible to see three Virtual Reality works produced by the NFB/ONF in Room VR1:
· tidal tracesborn from the collaboration of the creative Nancy Lee, the choreographer Emmalena Fredriksson, the dancers Lexi Vajda, Zahra Shahab and Rianne Svelnis and the composer and sound designer Kiran Bhumber;
· Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev, an animated VR experience that uses wisdom and humor and reminds us of the difficulty of living in the here and now;
· Plastisapiens by Miri Chekhanovich and Édith Jorisch, a journey in virtual reality towards a speculative future in which the organic being and the plastic become one.
MEET (www.meetcenter.it) is the International Center for Digital Art and Culture of Milan. Born with the support of the Cariplo Foundation, it aims to help bridge the Italian digital divide in the belief that innovation is a cultural fact, even before a technological one. In addition to the Meet the Media Guru series of meetings with the protagonists of world innovation, MEET promotes cross-fertilization programs between digital creatives and businesses, actions and paths dedicated to innovation for culture, exhibition projects and site-specific installations for institutions Italian and international. A 1500m2 space that Carlo Ratti Associati has reinterpreted starting from the concept of the digital culture center by working on the idea of fluidity, interconnection and participation. MEET’s main partner is Intesa Sanpaolo. They are partners of the Artemide digital culture center, Mediatrade, ETT Solutions and George Brown College in Toronto.