A Machine for Viewing

    • Charlie Shackleton, Richard Misek, Oscar Raby
    • United Kingdom, Australia
    • 2019
    • 30 min
    • Immersive, Performance
    • World Premiere
    • DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA on Stage, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, DocLab Program

    What does virtual reality as a medium have to do with cinema? This performance and VR experience revolves around the ambiguous relationship between the two. Beneath the audience in a physical cinema, one person wearing a VR headset is immersed in a virtual cinema. Their virtual experience is projected on the big screen of the real cinema. Three experiments in perception juxtapose the physical cinema experience with immersion in a virtual world.

    This individual VR experience and public performance in one is guided by the three makers themselves. All three are moving-image makers, but with very different backgrounds. The playful creator of film essays Charlie Shackleton takes us through the history of films using unusual aspect ratios, academic Richard Misek considers what the best seat in the house is, and VR maker Oscar Raby ultimately takes us beyond the projection screen.


    • 30 min
    • Spoken languages: English
    Charlie Shackleton, Richard Misek, Oscar Raby
    Richard Misek, VRTOV
    Key collaborator
    Lisa Brook for Live Cinema UK, Katy Morrison for VRTOV
    Executive producer
    Richard Misek, Oscar Raby
    Live Cinema UK

    IDFA history

    World Premiere
    DocLab Domesticating Reality
    IDFA on Stage
    IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
    DocLab Program

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