Resources

Nov 3 update (MN)

A curator friend at the National Museum of Singapore kindly shared their list of VR titles they will be showcasing:

No. Title Description of VR experience Speakers
1 Pearl

(USA, 2016, 6 min)

 

 

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, the 2017 Oscar nominated short PEARL follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

 

 

 

2 Dear Angelica (USA, 2016, 14 min)

 

 

From Emmy Award winning Oculus Story Studio comes Dear Angelica, a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Entirely painted by hand inside of VR, Dear Angelica plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you. An immersive, illustrative short story starring Geena Davis and Mae Whitman.

 

3 Sergent James (France, 2017, 7 min)

 

It is Leo’s bedtime. When his mum goes to switch off the light, the little boy thinks there is something under his bed…

 

Alexandre Perez, director
4 The Argos File

(USA, 2017, 4 min)

 

 

It’s 2019. Augmented reality is ubiquitous.
ARGOS is the top brand in neural technology, leading the way in Personalized realities and memory recording. Thanks to ARGOS nearly one-third of the Earth’s population is addicted to recording and sharing their own memories.
Josema Roig, director
5 Ground Beneath Her

(USA, 2017, 7 min)

 

 

Ground Beneath Her is about Nepal, and specifically about how one family is rebuilding after the 2015 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people and left some 3 million displaced. It doesn’t take viewers into the aftermath; it just shows them one 14-year-old girl trying to help her family rebuild. Gabo Arora, the UN creative director who made the film, did so at the behest of the UN Development Programme, which has been working in the region since the quake—and needs help.

 

 
6 Notes to my father(India, USA, UK, 2017, 11 min)

 

 

A story of love, grief and reconciliation, between father and daughter. Flooded by memories of life in an Indian brothel, Ramadevi pens a letter to her father, who unintentionally played a role in his daughter’s trauma.  Despite being close now; they have never spoken about what happened to her. Through Ramadevi’s touching letter, she reaches out to her father so that they can talk about the unspoken between them. Of their pasts, their pain and her hope that her own young daughter is saved from having a similar fate.

“Notes to My Father” is an Oculus VR for Good project in conjunction with My Choices Foundation.

Jayisha Patel, director
7 Notes on Blindness(UK, 2016, 6 min)

 

 

Notes on Blindness is an immersive VR project based on John’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness.
8 Allumette (2016, USA, 20 min) Allumette tells the story of a young orphan girl who lives in a fantastical city in the clouds. After enduring tragedy, she grasps at hope for her future. Loosely inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Little Match Girl’, Allumette is an account of the love of a mother and daughter have for one another, and the sacrifices they make for the greater good.

 

 
9 The Pull (USA, 2016, 3 min 30)

 

 

Gravity is no longer a constant. Enter a world where the rules that bind us are suddenly disobeyed. In a secret science facility, gravity has been conquered. ‘Down’ is no longer a direction, but a choice. Step into the centre of modified chambers and witness the laws of nature being broken in this five-experiment series.

 

 

10 The Cave (France, 2014, 3 min 30)

 

 

The Cave is an immersive installation that has been presented at Le Pole International de la Prehistoire in France. With VR immersion, the user travels through time and crosses the same landscape at the glacial period (-30 000bp) and today. In the scenery, the viewer explore a cave where he could interact with the walls and reveal a buried representation hidden in the ‘soul of the stone’.  
11 Through the masks of Luzia (Canada, 2017, 14 min)

 

 

Through the masks of Luzia, based on the acclaimed Cirque du Soleil production, is a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture, shrouded in surrealism and dreamlike fantasy. A mysterious child serves as your guide as you journey through uncanny worlds of mythical proportions: a demigod swings across the gateway to the Mayan afterlife and gains the trust of an ancient jaguar; a contortionist, flanked by animals and insects, grants you a front row seat to the awe-inspiring wildlife; a monarch butterfly dances, evoking the celerity of the Tarahumara people. With all this and more, prepare for the waking dream of Through the masks of Luzia.

 

 
12 Ashes to Ashes (The Netherlands, 2016, 11 min)

 

 

Ashes to Ashes is a surreal tragicomedy in virtual reality. The 11-minute one-shot immerses the viewer in the story about a dysfunctional family burdened with the bizarre final wish of their deceased grandfather. Filmed from the perspective of the urn containing the ashes, viewers encounter the colourful family members, who each seem to live in a reality of their own creation.  
13 Alteration (France, 2017, 17 min)

 

 

Alexandro volunteers for an experiment carried out to study dreams. He doesn’t even imagine that he’s going to be subjected to the intrusion of Elsa, a form of Artificial Intelligence, who’s going t’ digitize and dematerialize his subconscious in order to feed off it.
14 REVIVAL – technological support for the Syrian heritage(France, 2016-2017, 10 min)

 

 

Syrian culture is our common heritage. We are losing it. What can we do to preserve this culture for future generations? Documentation can’t wait! Iconem sends specialists to support Syrian archaeologists and architects by providing them with advanced techniques to document their heritage. We organise missions in the field using the latest technology in order to create a digital database of Syrian monuments and a national team able to provide data for it. Because saving the knowledge of history is our common duty. Clemence Prudot d’Avigny, business developer
15 Beach Road (Australia, 2015, 15 min)

 

 

A short experimental film created in 360-degree setting, beach Road is a portrayal of a parking lot attendant who dreams of becoming a writer. The film stars Alps bethneck from the USA, and features the original music by Singaporeans Bani Haykal and Chen Yi Qi. Visually dynamic with a calming soundtrack, beach Road is an intimate experience revealing both a geographical area and the inner workings of a poet’s mind.
16 Timescape (Singapore, 2016, 12 min)

 

 

The world’s heritage sites are facing constant risks from numerous human and natural factors which could damage the sites irrevocably. In collaboration with world-leading scholars and research institutes, Hiverlab initiated Timescape, a long-term independednt project using immersive technology and storytelling techniques to showcase and promote the world’s heritage sites for the purpose of education.

 

Timescape aims to create a four-dimensional multi-user interactive virtual domain where users can maneuver across space and time.

Yuan Yi, Hiverlab
17 Empty Room

(2016, France, 10 min)

Empty room project is dedicated to the exploration of new musical composition and spatialisation methods in virtual 3D sapces, developed on multiplayer or mono player technologies such as Second Life, Open Simulator and Unity 3D, using the latest video game and virtual reality technologies. Christine Webster, artist
18 Paris l’envers du décor

(2017, France, 3×4 min)

A stroll in Paris with Virtual Reality. Dive into Paris in a 360-degree experience where you will discover the history and art of the city. It is an invitation to discover the monuments from a different view, almost inaccessible in person.

 

 

Oct 30 update (MN)

The Stanford Ocean Acidification Experience on Vive (free download) (really good!)

David Lawrence queried the FB “VR Professionals” list for suggestions of VR for pre-school children:
Baobab Studios
Puppy Bowl
Northern Lights
Jurassic World Apatosaurus
(plus one replier who urged people not to show VR to pre-schoolers!)

 

Old stuff below (but still useful!)

VR titles from the major commercial players

HTC Viveport
PC based

Google Daydream Experiences
Daydream-ready phone (link)

Samsung/Oculus GearVR
Samsung GALAXY smartphones

JauntVR
Mobile app

With.in
Mobile app

Some replies from my Facebook query (for “gold mines” and “gold”) thru Sept 18:

Sean White Take a look at the Aframevr twitter feed. Everything from kids games to Turkish political art.

Jeremiah Moore Pearl / Google spotlight stories. (360 piece, Not particularly edgy….)
David Lawrence Just won an Emmy, btw.
Anna Marie Piersimoni Also won 2016 Oscar for animated short

David Tames Notes on Blindness – Into the Darkness is highly recommended, it’s the first VR headset experience with which I experienced the entire thing from beginning to end and wanted to experience it again. An amazing mix of storytelling, visualization, sound design… storytelling in a VR environment that works and uses the affordances of the medium brilliantly!

Janet Murray Gnomes and Goblins; everything by Nonny de la Peña

Mark Chavez The Classic of Mountains and Seas or Shan Hai Jing is a great source and culturally relevant.

Lev Manovich I am seeing very good VR works at Ars Electronica Center today, maybe you can get their list.

Megan Elliott Lynette Wallworth‘s Collisions http://www.collisionsvr.com/

Ferhan Cook Venice Festival http://www.submarinechannel.com/venice-film-festival…/
Venice dedicates an entire island to the world’s best…

Anna Marie Piersimoni In the Night Café – VR Tribute to Vincent Van Goph, Duet by Glenn Keane.
Anna Marie Piersimoni Also, check Women in VR Facebook page – lots of good people a resources.

Tara McPherson Virtual Virtual Reality by Tender Claws http://vvr.tenderclaws.com/

Kellee Santiago Definitely Virtual Virtual Reality on Daydream, Horizons is a great interactive music example, too.

Meredith Tromble Don’t know if this counts as a VR resource, but here’s something about our UCD project: https://www.interaliamag.org/…/entangling-art-biology…/

Bob Stein from a historical point of view, this video from TED in 1990 is one of the first public demos of VR https://vimeo.com/21422197

Anonymous: some gold vr artists: Isaac Cohen (cabibbo), george michael brower (always & forever), and Tyler hurd

Matt Belanger  http://buttsvr.com/

Adi Robertson, The Verge
The best virtual reality from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
The best virtual reality from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
The five best VR experiences we saw at 2016 Oculus Connect’s demo day
The best virtual reality from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
The best virtual reality from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

VR examples from UCLA Professor Steve Anderson‘s Introduction to VR Class

6×9 (The Guardian) – 360 documentation https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2016/apr/27/6×9-a-virtual-experience-of-solitary-confinement#gvr-360

• this one is readily available in the Oculus store; free and interesting for all affordances of the medium! 
• interesting use of raycasting to procedurally alter video content 
Invasion (Baobab)
• Pixar-style animation; similar to Oculus Story Studio animations, like “Henry”; easily available on GearVR
Within (formerly VRSE / Aaron Koblin, Chris Milk) http://with.in/
• this is easily loaded on the GearVR, allowing access to several interesting projects especially:
   • Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness (uniquely perfect conjunction of form and content)
   • Mr. Robot VR experience (live action, branded content)
   • Waves of Grace (social issue documentary; Produced by the  UN)
   • Clouds Over Sidra (social issue documentary)
Across the Line (Nonny de la Peña, et al; produced by Planned Parenthood)
• available through Oculus store; combines live action 360 video with motion captured CGI animation based on documentary audio
PBS: My Brother’s Keeper
The Void
Ascend the Wall
Dog sled simulator – North Face 
Guillotine simulator
Race Car Simulator
Classroom Aquatic
Amphibian diving simulator
50 Shades Darker masquerade ball
International Space Station simulator for Rift:
Dreams of Dali
Marshmallow Laser Feast: In the Eyes of the Animal 
From WEVR Transport:
The Blu
Hard World for Small Things
Bjork: Family
Blortasia
Alone Together
Awaken
Break a leg
Dino Frontier
Heroes
JLG Training Simulator
Life of Us by Within
Nanite Fulcrum
Project Summer Camp
Racket NX
Rainbow Crow
Rangi
Seeking Dawn
Virtual Virtual Reality
    – Daydream only
Zero Days
Vincent Morisset (NFB) Way to Go http://a-way-to-go.com/
• we should try to get this running on at least one of the Rifts soon, but the web version is very good. 
Assent (Oscar Raby) http://oscarraby.net/wp/assent

• this seems to only be available for the Rift, not the Gear, but how/where is it accessible?