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Future Playground a unique digital adventure for festivalgoers

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News from NZ Festival
A family-friendly digital wonderland is to transform Shed 6 on Wellington’s waterfront from 1–11 March as part of the three-week 2018 New Zealand Festival.

Showcasing some of the most original, cutting-edge creative technology in the world, the ten unique installations that make up Future Playground push the boundaries of art and are sure to intrigue and delight people of all ages.

From Refik Anadol’s mesmerising, immersive Infinity Room to the New Reality Company’s Tree, which virtually transforms participants into a tree growing in a rain forest, Future Playground will offer an interactive, hands-on celebration of virtual and augmented reality.

Among the installations is the Emmy Award–winning, Oscar-nominated Google Spotlight Story, Pearl, a 360 Virtual Reality story (part–music video, part–road movie), and the entertaining Pop n’ Lock Dance Machine, which invites you to set aside your inhibitions and really let your hair down to become your best dance self – with your own shareable video to prove it.

New Zealand Festival’s Artistic Director Shelagh Magadza says Wellington hasn’t seen anything quite like Future Playground, and that this inventive technology will challenge not just the participants’ immediate perceptions of reality, but the roles of artists and audiences going into the future.

“Future Playground is testament to how storytelling is evolving in the digital age. Subverting traditional divisions between active performers and passive audiences, the installations in Future Playground invite audiences to discard their roles as spectators and become true participants in the art works; fully immersed, intrigued and involved.”

An unmissable digital adventure for all the family.

Future Playground, 1–11 March, Shed 6
Tickets: Adult $35, Child $17
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $90 / Family (1 adult, 2 children) $60 (excluding booking fees)
Visit https://www.festival.co.nz/2018/events/future-playground/

The Installations:

Infinity Room: Step into the upside-down world of Infinity Room where mesmerising moving light and sound transform the walls, floor and ceiling around you. By Refik Anadol.
Video: https://vimeo.com/141749628

Pop n’ Lock Dance Machine: Get your body moving as you dance among a cast of animated characters. Great for both kids and the young at heart. By Catshrine.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojRVMvUo34U

Lumarca: Be amazed by this captivating light sculpture that reveals a variety of mesmerising and dynamic volumetric imagery. By Matt Parker, Josh Holtsford & Albert Hwang. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft_jznZKOlA

Exp.Inst.Wood: Balam Soto’s interactive installation and experimental instrument that incorporates projection and sound generated by a wireless box made of wood, plexiglas, Arduino (an open-source electronics platform), electronic components, and custom touch sensors. By touching the box at various points, participants create different sounds; these sounds then generate changes in the projection.

Pearl: Emmy Award–winning and Oscar-nominated, Pearl is a 360 Virtual Reality story following a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country in their beloved hatchback, chasing their dreams. By Patrick Osborne and Google Spotlight Stories.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeHUZBhLk2I

Manifest 99: An ominous and eerie story about finding redemption in the afterlife, that explores scale, perspective and personal connection and is quite unlike any other VR experience*. By Flight School.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE7mg50Y2Zc

Prosthetic Reality: An augmented reality art book featuring 45 artists from around the world. By Sutu and Lukasz Karluk*. Video: https://vimeo.com/198664158

Move Studio: Enter a space where unfettered movement takes you in unexpected directions. Built of dance, basketball and you. By Melissa Painter*.

SUBPAC Sound Meditation: UK electronic music pioneer DJ FreQ Nasty leads an immersive musical journey using SUBPAC physical audio units to create a sense of tranquility, connectedness and wellbeing through both live and recorded soundscapes. By Darin McFadyen*.

Tree: Tree transforms participants into a tree in the rain forest, allowing them to experience the tree’s life, from a seedling to its fullest form, and witness its fate firsthand. By New Reality Company*. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEqkLuyKGUk

The installations marked with an * are part of Future of StoryTelling

1 comment:

  1. Mark Shanks, 27. February 2018, 8:04

    I have a major problem with this virtual reality being called a playground. Play is creative and challenging. It is not something mediated by a machine!


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