Virtual Reality Highlights from the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Four selections that run the stylistic, technical and narrative gamut of VR films today

Only the prestigious Venice International Film Festival would dedicate an island to virtual reality programming. This year, Lazzaretto Vecchio (otherwise known as VR Island) once again hosts Venice Virtual Reality—which, upon launch in 2017, was the world’s first-ever international film festival VR competition. Last year’s 75th annual festival presented a milestone VR slate. For 76th event, the division’s co-curators Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac selected …

Artist + Designer Valentino Vettori’s “Arcadia” Exhibit Aims to Save the Earth

Immersive installations and augmented reality experiences inspire and offer simple solutions

It’s no secret that we’re living through tumultuous times. Every day a new environmental problem appears in the news. A lot of time is spent discussing problems the earth faces but little progress has been made in finding a solution that is broadly enactable. Valentino Vettori wants to change that. Inspired by a recent trip to Summit in Los Angeles, the storied artist and designer …

Dreaming Up Cocktail Perfection For Tayēr + Elementary

VR design technology played a role in the new dual-concept London bar

On Old Street in Shoreditch, new dual-concept bar Tayēr + Elementary ushers in a decidedly 21st-century cocktail experience. Renowned bartenders Monica Berg and Alex Kratena recently opened the venue to showcase the countless ideas they’ve developed over the years helming venues from Oslo to elsewhere in London. Just inside the door, Elementary serves as an introduction to their space, functioning as an all-day, community-oriented neighborhood …