Heartbreaking monologue performed by Michael DeBartolo as Sebastian from Queerskins. Undirected, recorded into a phone. Just devastatingly good and true. My heart aches listening.
These will be the basis of an immersive theater piece I am writing around Queerskins: Ark VR. You ain’t seen nothing yet.
Really pleased and surprised that Atomic Vacation — the story of a little robot girl from the post-apocalyptic future that started us making in VR and which made us fall in love with 3D volumetric filmmaking (Depthkit!) and got put on hold because no $ and Queerskins, is accepted into the IDFA Forum
in the company of some AMAZING projects. We will be coming to Amsterdam to pitch, armed with an early prototype, a new artist’s book/comic book created in collaboration with Karen Llamas, and plans for an interactive installation. This hybrid doc project is a truly strange and deeply poetic narrative database game. Not only will it make you question what it means to be human, it will hopefully bring attention to our dreadful nuclear past and increasingly worrisome future. Taking inspiration from Sarah Ahmed’s assertion that alternative ways of constructing space, might end up “redirecting our attention toward different objects, those that are ‘less proximate’ or even those that deviate or are “deviant,” we create a series of heterotopias that are both wonderful and truly disturbing. We have been told it is either “batshit crazy” or “genius”. We think it is both. Come say “hi”!
Excited to work through this in conjunction with our VR experience Queerskins: ark set to premier in 2020. What I love about VR is this ability to start playing with and exploring who we are, what we value and who we might be in the future. For me it is a kind of laboratory that uses storytelling and presence for its experiments. We are just beginning to see the potential of this. I think of having audience members say lines from the diary in a theatrical piece as asking them to put on a “queer” skin that fits and doesn’t fit and exploring the boundaries of what they call “self” and also what they reject as “other,” just as I did in writing Sebastian’s diary.
Here is the wonderful actor Michael DeBartolo as Sebastian describing having sex with James as a teenager at a truck stop in Missouri. It’s not rainbows and unicorns, it will never be printed on a tote bag for pride month. But, it’s raw and true and beautiful. Bravo, Michael.
I’ll also be giving a talk on Saturday at the V&A on empathy and VR— diving into embodied cognition and art -historical constructions of space and how spatial orientation and perspective relate to empathy. Come see us!
NYC friends–I am teaching again at IFP Made in NYC Media Center again–it was really well received last time. I took suggestions to heart–so this time around, I’m expand the number of sessions and am offering time to view VR prior to the class to facilitate class discussions. This is really about storytelling– VR is an evolving language, so we will be learning and thinking together–though, I have some ideas! Bringing in embodied cognition concepts from Damasio and queer phenomenology from Sarah Ahmed.
https://nymediacenter.com/classwork/class/…. First 5 people get a 20% discount. use code DesigningNarratives20
You can listen here. No post-production, just raw emotion.
Things like this don’t happen to people like us.
It is a dream come true to announce that Queerskins: ark created by Cyril Tsiboulski and me in collaboration with talented choreographer Brandon Powers is being co-produced with by INTEL STUDIOS.
We are truly appreciative of their willingness to push artistic innovation in VR and to support challenging, complex stories like this. We shot in LA last week on the largest 3D volumetric capture stage in the world with the Intel Studios team and our NY based team many of whom have been part of QS since episode 1: producer and mother of dragons Kathleen Fox, DP Cory Allen, Actors Michael DeBartolo , Christopher Vo, and new LA friends EcoVR (sound engineering). Coming Jan 2020.