Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2017

VR: Another Gaze 15

VR: Another Gaze
Image: VR Another Gaze: Virtual Drag by Alison Bennett, Megan Beckwith, Mark Payne

VR is a brand new medium, and with it comes the opportunity to subvert norms and challenge assumptions. Guest curator Catherine Allen invites you to submerge yourself in a series of boundary-pushing VR experiences that will introduce you to a range of refreshingly different perspectives on the world. From challenging an urban-centric outlook, to whole-heartedly representing the female experience, Another Gaze will draw attention to the creative importance of the world view that VR creators come with.

Another Gaze’s curator, Catherine Allen is a BAFTA-winning immersive media specialist who led the production of two of the BBC’s first VR experiences. She now focuses her time around helping VR reach broader audiences by partnering with arts venues to put on VR events.

FILMS:

Notes to My Father

Dir: Jayisha Patel
United Kingdom
10 mins

A story of love, grief and reconciliation between a survivor of trafficking and her father.

Giant

Dir: Milica Zec
United States
7 mins

Mindscapes

Dir: Peter McLaughlin
United Kingdom
5 mins

WeMakeVR and explorer Arita Baaijens travelled to the edges of Europe to explore the fields of rough Ireland, where we searched for a bond between the land and its inhabitants. We discover that there is more to the land than the eye can see. The documentary follows two sheep farmers in the rugged and remote Connamara and The Burren on the west coast of Ireland.

Virtual Drag

Dirs: Alison Bennett, Megan Beckwith, Mark Payne
Australia
10 mins

A virtual reality encounter with 3D scans of drag queens & kings in fantasy environments featuring cyberspace encounters with the magnificent Philmah Bocks, the divine Art Simone, Jackie Hammer (a bit of a hot mess really … ), & the knee-weakening Transylvanian Gypsy Kings (aka TGK).

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, Deakin Motion Lab & Media Lab Melbourne.