The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival here in New York has opened its Virtual Arcade to press. From tech-enhanced installations and theater pieces to fantasy and mystery to CGI and documentary film creations that can be explored through virtual reality headsets, VR is alive and well at Tribeca.
Into the Now is a shark-filled underwater experience. Participants sit in these moving pod-chairs to take it all in.
The first experience you'll see upon entering the arcade is called Objects in Mirror AR Closer than they Appear. According to the shownotes, it "fuses augmented-reality technology with an immersive theater installation, inviting audiences to reflect on the relationship between new media and archaic objects; 21st-century technology and 19th-century magic; and memory and optical illusion."
CNET's Scott Stein checks out the old-timey stereoscopic viewer that houses a phone with the VR experience.
Built around a site-specific sculpture of sorts, this experience invites viewers to investigate objects and memories in an environment that could well be the basement at your hoarder uncle's house.
The Chalkroom invites participants to fly through a virtual artwork consisting of words, drawings and stories written in chalk by artists Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang.
Where Thoughts Go is an intimate experience "set in a world where thoughts exist as sleeping creatures." After waking these creatures and listening to the voice messages of previous visitors, participants have the opportunity to record their own dreams or fears to leave inside for others to find.
Vestige is a creative nonfiction experience journeying through the mind of a woman as she remembers her lost love.
The Day the World Changed "brings to viewers the harrowing impressions of the victims and survivors of atomic bombings and nuclear arms testing through first-hand testimonies, data visualizations and innovative use of 3D scanning and photogrammetry," according to the shownotes.
Fire Escape is an interactive VR series in which the viewer travels through a number of different New Yorkers' windows, as a mystery unfolds.
Spheres: Pale Blue Dot requires you to remove your shoes before entering. You'll explore the cosmos, the history of sound and the Big Bang. It's created by director Darren Aronofsky and narrated by Patti Smith.
Campfire Creepers is a horror experience involving a couple in the woods encountering a stranger. Apparently there are laughs as well as screams. You can play it at home on Oculus Rift or Gear VR starting April 21.
After viewing, guests exit through this installation that features live turtles in tanks.