Past events

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov 2017 at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov 2017 at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

Industry Session: Making VR Work for Audiences 20 Nov 2017 at 10:00

Zillah Watson, Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC, on how to make VR work for audiences.

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The Wilderness Downtown

For Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait”, celebrated music video director Chris Milk’s combines music video iconography with the computer’s multi-screen potential to create a multimedia narrative that unfolds as the song progresses.

This interactive music video of the song “We Used to Wait” by the American indie band Arcade Fire was made partly to exhibit the power of the new web standard HTML 5 and Google’s browser Chrome. Director Chris Milk combines music video iconography with the computer’s multi-screen potential, going a step further than a simple split screen. In The Wilderness Downtown, windows are stacked digitally over one another so that scenes play out on multiple levels.

Before viewing, the visitor enters the address where he or she grew up or another that will evoke some sense of nostalgia. This interactive application then accesses images of that location from Google Maps and Google Street View and integrates them in the multimedia narrative that unfolds as the song progresses. Pop-up windows then appear and disappear at various positions, displaying custom-made images in an exciting choreography, showing nature gradually taking over the user-selected neighborhood, much as the multiple pop-ups take over the screen. This project will be screened during The Web Rocks, a live showcase of online and interactive music documentaries.

Arcade Fire – The Wilderness Downtown from Chris Milk on Vimeo.

Project details

Year of development :2010
Created by:Chris Milk

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