Jan.18Apr.152016

Installation

Past Event

We're kicking off 2016 in style with the inaugural programming of our virtual reality garden, dedicated to the major social issues of the 21st century.

Our Virtual Reality Garden has a new programming! Come experience a series of works dedicated to animation.

Our Virtual Reality Garden has a new programming! Come experience a series of works created by The New York Times Magazine and Vrse.works.

For the opening of the Garden, the Phi Centre has brought together four of the most outstanding virtual reality works of our time—cutting edge experiences created by world-renowned artists who push the limits of art and technology and offer a unique point of view on today’s socio-political issues.

Presented by Bell, in collaboration with Metro Montréal

Waves of Grace
by Chris Milk and Gabo Arora

This poignant film is set in Ebola-torn Liberia as communities try to heal after the largest outbreak in history. We follow Decontee Davis, a survivor who cares for orphaned children in her village.

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Clouds Over Sidra
by Chris Milk and Gabo Arora

Commissioned by the United Nations, Clouds Over Sidra was created at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Twelve-year-old Sidra leads the user around the camp, home to 84,000 Syrian refugees, as she goes about her day. Clouds Over Sidra emerged from the U.N.’s desire to use virtual reality to personalize abstract, distant global issues.

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Inside Impact: East Africa with President Bill Clinton
by Felix & Paul Studios and M SS NG P ECES for Matter Unlimited

This film takes us on a journey to East Africa with President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). During this trip, we witness the progress accomplished by local communities thanks to the commitment of CGI members. The use of virtual reality allows us to experience the events in this film taped in spring 2015 with a heightened sense of reality and emotion.

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Nomads: Maasai
by Felix & Paul Studios

This episode showcases the Maasai’s formidable living heritage in the village of Enkutoto (something hollow), like coming-of-age jumping dance competitions, and the men’s crafting of unmatched hunting abilities over the repeated walkabouts they led alongside the zebras, giraffes, lions and hyenas of the stunning Great Rift Valley. Less known, but equally crucial to the settlement’s organization, are the women’s impressive set of skills, such as mud house-building, cow milking, long-distance water collecting and family bead artwork.

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Chris Milk

Beginning his career in music videos and photography, Chris Milk was honored with the top industry awards for his work with artists such as Arcade Fire, U2 and Johnny Cash. In recent years, Milk’s work has expanded beyond the traditional: his art straddles experimental genres, turning unfamiliar mediums into new found canvasses. Focused on using cross-media innovations to enhance emotional storytelling, he exposes the beauty in the things that connect us all. Milk most recently has been building multiple projects with virtual reality as the canvas, including the first ever live-action, fully spherical virtual reality film, a collaboration with Beck called Sound & Vision.

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Gabo Arora

Gabo Arora is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations and award-winning filmmaker with extensive global experience in advocacy projects related to sustainable development, human rights, post-conflict and emergency relief. His current focus is on new technologies that promote social causes and make decision-making processes more inclusive.

Among these projects, he has developed a viral video campaign for the climate change summit, and worked with internet influencers to promote accountability on global humanitarian aid assistance. His most recent work was as a co-creator, director and producer of the UN's first-ever virtual reality film on Syrian refugees.

Félix Lajeunesse et Paul Raphaël

Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël are two Montreal-based filmmakers and visual artists whose collaborative work has resulted in award-winning stereoscopic 3D films and multimedia installations presented across the world. Since 2006, the two directors have developed proprietary 3D stereoscopic 360° recording technology and software for virtual reality. In 2013, they founded Felix & Paul Studios, a complete creative, production and technology studio dedicated to the exploration of the storytelling and experiential possibilities of the medium of live-action virtual reality.

Since 2006, the two directors have developed proprietary 3D stereoscopic 360° recording technology and software for virtual reality. In 2013, they founded Felix & Paul Studios, a complete creative, production and technology studio dedicated to the exploration of the storytelling and experiential possibilities of the medium of live-action virtual reality.

Felix & Paul Studios directed and produced Introduction to VR, the 3D 360° cinematic opener of the new Samsung Gear VR as well as Strangers with Patrick Watson, a live-action VR experience which was featured at several festivals. Wild – The Experience with Reese Witherspoon was presented as a world premiere at 2015 CES. More recent works include Inside the Box of Kurios, a co-production with Cirque du Soleil Media and Jurassic World: Apatosaurus created in collaboration with Universal Studios and Industrial Light and Magic.

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The Virtual Reality Garden

Unique to Montreal, the Phi Centre’s Virtual Reality Garden is a permanent installation that showcases the most innovative virtual reality pieces of our time. The Phi Centre team curates the eclectic and diverse programming, and refreshes the works throughout the year. The Garden is equipped with four Oculus Rift stations that deliver an optimal user experience. Access to the Garden is free at all times so that Montrealers—and visitors—can take full advantage of this unique space.

Starting on March 16, a second Virtual Reality Garden will be on display at Canada House in London. This British twin will be open for one year and will showcase Canadian artists who are working at the cutting edge of this medium.

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband communication services to residential and business customers under the Bell Canada and Bell Aliant brands. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company. It has assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels.

Metro Montréal, the most widely read daily paper on the Island of Montreal, reaches more than 245,000 readers a week, Monday to Friday. With its staff of 17 local journalists and its partnership with a worldwide network of more than 500 journalists, Metro excels at offering quality content that is effectively presented and meets the needs of an educated and demanding readership, largely composed of young city dwellers.

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