Virtualis

  • Matt Romein, Lydia Jessup
  • United States
  • 2020
  • 60 min
  • Interactive
  • World Premiere
  • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

The digital world can be a maze, with endless virtual possibilities that the uninitiated can easily miss. Virtualis addresses this by taking the user by the hand. After checking in at a virtual tourist office and choosing a “tourist avatar”, the visitor dons an Oculus Rift headset and is shown around the world of the social VR platform VRChat. During the one-hour tour, the tour guides, operating from New York, talk about the history and culture of VRChat, what it tells us about Social VR, and its impact on how we view the real world.

Virtualis offers three tours: DIY Time, Kitbashing Identity, and Virtual Currencies. Each tour looks at these topics through the lens of VRChat. Using that lens, Virtualis makes connections to other platforms such as Second Life, MUDS, Facebook Horizon, and Web 2.0 to look at how online social platforms have altered our perceptions of reality.

Do you have your own VR headset? There are now three extra tours on Monday 23 and Wednesday 25 for people to participate from anywhere in the world. Find out more about the technical requirements and booking links here.

Credits

  • 60 min
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English
Director
Matt Romein, Lydia Jessup
Production
Lydia Jessup, Matt Romein
Designer
Emily Lin
Developer
Cezar Mocan, James Hosken, James Trulhar
Screening copy
Matt Romein

IDFA history

2020
World Premiere
do not touch
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

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