Past Event

A selection of immersive works presented by British Council and Sheffield Doc/Fest


*Please note that access to the exhibition is strictly reserved for 13 +.

Adults: $20
Students, seniors (65 and +): $15
Reduced price Tuesday: 15$ for everyone

ID will be asked at the door for reduced price admission
Taxes and fees included

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315 St-Paul Street West

Experience out of your mind virtual reality, artistic artificial intelligence and interactive and immersive story worlds that challenge documentary form.

The Phi Centre highlights seven works from the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest that showcase the evolving spectrum of new technologies through poignant stories often ripped from the headlines.

Originally exhibited as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018, this is the only North American stop of the Alternate Realities touring exhibition, supported by British Council.

Starting times:
Every day: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM

The works are presented in their English original versions, except for Berlin Paris Terror, which is available in both French and English.

Given the quantity and duration of the works, they cannot all be experienced in one visit. The visitor chooses the works that they would like to see during their allotted time.

Tickets the visitor access to the exhibition for a 2-hour time period. Each starting time limits access to 20 visitors. We strongly recommend that you reserve your place in advance to guarantee your entry into the exhibition at the time that you desire.

Before purchasing tickets, please review our health and safety policy.

Grenfell: Our Home, created by Jonathan Rudd

360º video, English, 20 minutes
Unearth the story of residents' lives before the fire of June 14, 2017. Powerful testimony, filmed in stereoscopic 360 video, gradually builds around the interviewees and the viewer as survivors describe the homes, possessions, and people they lost on the night of the fire. The stylized animation offers a moving and original perspective on the events, in a sensitive and respectful record of residents’ experiences.

Berlin Paris Terror, created by Jürgen Brügger, Jörg Haaßengier, Astrid Schult and Ricarda Saleh

360º video, French or English, 20 minutes
On December 19, 2016, 12 people perished in the attack on the Christmas market in Berlin, and 70 others were injured. On January 7, 2015, two terrorists attacked the magazine Charlie Hebdo. Shortly afterwards, a third terrorist attacked the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher, killing four Jews and taking numerous hostages. Experience the memories of the first responders and surviving hostages of these major terrorist incidents in Germany and Paris.

Mind at War, created by Sutu

Virtual reality, English, 22 minutes
Scott never wanted to join the military. Two weeks before his wedding, he lost his job. Unemployed and desperate for work, he signed up for the military after 9/11. Ill-equipped and emotionally unstable, the war exposed him to layers of trauma and he quickly became a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder. Delve into an interactive exploration of PTSD and the banal horrors of war within the landscape of Scott’s memories.

Sensible Data/Mixed Emotions, created by Martin Hertig

Interactive installation, 5 minutes
Take a picture of yourself and a machine will draw your portrait. Send an email and an algorithm will judge your mood, age, gender and beauty. Discover how the machine sees you and decide whether that re-informs how you see yourself.

Manic VR, created by Kalina Bertin, Sandra Rodriguez, Fred Casia and Dpt.

Virtual reality, English, 15 minutes
*Canadian premiere

Explore the exuberant and chaotic worlds of an imagination haunted by bipolar disorder. Guided by the compelling voices of Felicia and François who, for the past three years, have used their sister’s voice mail as their personal diary. The user will embark on a journey to decipher the whirlwind of mania, psychosis and depression.

Terminal 3, created by Asad J. Malik
*Limited places

Augmented reality, English, 12 minutes
Explore contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S. through the lens of an airport interrogation. Step into the uncanny to directly interrogate, and determine the fate of, the hologram passenger before you. These interrogations become strikingly personal encounters that only end when you determine if the hologram should be let into the country—or not.

Homo Machina, created by Marc Lustigman, Noam Roubah and Olivier Bonhomme

Interactive virtual reality, English, 15 minutes
Dive into a fantastic universe where the human body becomes a gigantic mechanized factory,
inspired by Fritz Kahn's medical illustrations. Journey through the human body and observe its inner workings—filled with tiny workers that are controlling every function of the human anatomy.
Experience the daily life of the human body while discovering the work of a great artist through
poetic narration, impressive graphic design, and educational animation.

Photos: Courtesy of Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival. Doc/Fest celebrates the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling across all platforms, from short film to feature length, series, audio, interactive, augmented reality, virtual reality and special events.

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. They say great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. They make a positive contribution to the countries they work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

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