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 Cave

An overwhelming virtual reality experience that gives the sensation of exploring one of the stunningly painted Mogao caves in China.

Unfortunately, a visit to the impressive Mogao caves isn’t within reach for everyone. Even if the great distance to North China isn’t enough of an obstacle, the restricted access to these Buddhist temple caves often is. The Cave changes all of this. Filmmaker Qi Zhao entered the beautifully painted and decorated Cave 285 with a laser scanner, enabling him to make a virtual reality copy of the cave with great precision—in fact, it’s hardly distinguishable from the real thing. The exact location of visitors is determined using special sensors, allowing them to roam around freely, for example to examine the cave paintings up close. You can even hold up a virtual candle to illuminate these artworks, or open a magic book to get more information on the history of the paintings. It’s almost as if you can feel the temperature changing; a low crevice in the wall invites you to nestle like a hermit. The experience is so overwhelming that it comes as a great disappointment when the 15-minute tour is over and you have to get back to reality.

Project details

Year of development :2017
Created by:Qi Zhao
With:Bohang Pan, Xiangfeng Huang, Xiang Li, Kevin Geiger

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