Virtual Reality at the 75th Annual Venice Film Festival

Seven standout selections demonstrating the scope of the filmic art form

On a Venetian island named Lazzaretto Vecchio (aka VR Island) the Venice Film Festival‘s virtual reality division showcases and honors advancements in the cinematic medium, both immersive and linear. For the second annual Venice Virtual Reality program, 30 works were selected from roughly 250—a rising number that reflects the importance of film festivals with regard to VR storytelling. And, as expected from the prestigious event, it’s hard to find a roster as …

Studio Visit: Digital Artist Yang Yongliang

In the crossroads between new visual languages and traditional Chinese art

by Alessandro De Toni A few meters from the Bund—the iconic promenade in Shanghai that offers a picture postcard view of booming urban China—an Art Deco building raised in 1931 hosts a cluster of creative studios. Here, digital artist Yang Yongliang—an explorer of new Chinese aesthetics—conceives his pieces. At the age of 25, Yongliang decided that he wanted to be a full-time artist after receiving …

Emirates Airline a Step Closer to Windowless Planes

The newest plane in the Emirates fleet—the Boeing 777-300ER—has plenty of impressive features, but perhaps the most surprising is its virtual windows for the first-class cabin. Instead of peering out of the plane, passengers will see real-time projections filmed from outside of the aircraft with fibre-optic cameras. Emirates president Sir Tim Clark says the quality of footage is impeccable, and the move itself is a …

National Geographic Documents Rachel Rossin’s Use of Tech in Art

One of the most important minds in virtual reality today, artist Rachel Rossin’s work has redefined perceptions about the medium and its capabilities. In a short documentary that clocks in just under three minutes, National Geographic sits down with Rossin as she explains her attempts at delivering a randomness that mimics life. The artist takes tactile work into the digital realm and also pulls physical …

Interactive Highlights at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Virtual Arcade

Six immersive filmic experiences forging the path for virtual and augmented reality storytelling

Around the world, film festivals have become champions for augmented and virtual reality breakthroughs. From Venice to Sundance, dedicated programs unveil the medium’s latest technological and narrative developments. Once again, the curators of the Tribeca Film Festival—currently running in its 17th year—have offered a slate of VR and AR works that’s truly representative of the industry’s best. This year, Tribeca Immersive features both a Virtual …