Cabinets of Wonder

  • Susanne Kim
  • Germany
  • 2020
  • 15
  • Immersive, Interactive
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs, do not touch

The title Cabinets of Wonder refers to a space full of treasures—in this case a collage of photographs, paintings and 3D objects—where the user can just watch, listen or interact. From there, the user can enter the fantasy worlds of four children who, each for their own reasons, feel out of place in the real world.

This interactive virtual reality experience has been made for, with, and by children. Their art and input are captured in the colorful 3D environments of their imagination. As a user, you glide along the river with Wisdom, a German boy of Cameroonian heritage, and hear the story of his grandfather the lion slayer; you sink into the threatening sea in which Roya, a refugee from Iran, becomes a mermaid and overcomes her fear of drowning; and you explore the planet of Elias, diagnosed with autism, which is populated by UFO ventilators, guinea pigs, and an intelligent voice system. In Joline’s world the user can transform letters into shiny blue bugs—creating a piece of music out of something which normally makes her feel uncomfortable.

Available from 20 to 29 November as part of do {not} touch: VR Films & Experiences. Book your time slot for the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam here. If you have a VR headset at home, you can also experience our selection online, from anywhere in the world, more details here

Credits

  • 15
  • Spoken languages: German, English
Created by
Wisdom E., Roya H., Joline B., Elias L.
Director
Susanne Kim
Production
Alexander Herrmann for expanding focus GmbH
Key collaborator
Simeon Conzendorf, Franziska Junge
Executive producer
Alexander Herrmann for expanding focus GmbH

IDFA history

2020
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs
do not touch
2018
Round Table Pitch Youth

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