VR experience by director Paulina Donoso, visual artist Hernán Ricaldoni and producer Gabriel Torres addresses sexual abuse
Last week, Ecuadorian director Paulina Donoso's VR project When Silence Talks won the IDFA Spotlight Award at the Chilean-based event Mediamorfosis.
Designed by the famous Argentian visual artist Hernán Ricaldoni and produced by Gabriel Torres, it is billed as an artistic proposal, inspired by a real story that invites the audience to travel through the inner world of Amelia, a woman who was abused when she was a little girl.
The journey takes the viewer between five worlds in virtual reality, each of them related to the emotional landscapes that emerge as a consequence of abuse: anxiety, rage, sadness and loneliness, fear, and liberation.
The project was developed through several workshops with a group of women artists who are abuse survivors. The VR experience will be in the 6DoF format with ambisonic sound, digital paint and 3D animation.
"When Silence Talks is an ambiguous and creative visual and audio-driven interactive artwork that takes the audience through a very vulnerable and emotional journey. We are really looking forward to welcoming the team to IDFA DocLab 2022," says Yorinde Segal, IDFA's New Media Industry Manager.
Donoso says: "This award is like a dream come true, to tell stories and give a voice to the unheard is the most important tool for us to change the perception around violence and abuse."