FDRG at Jena Fulldome Festival 2017
Sylvana Lautier and Kim Yip Tong’s short film Anthozoa (ánthos, flower – zóa, animals) is an ode to the ocean and its awe-inspiring biodiversity. Coral reefs are the rainforest of the ocean, providing food and shelter to millions of species, they bloom under the surface. Put under stress by rising temperatures, overfishing and pollution, corals expel the algae living in their tissue and reveal their ghost-like skeleton. The film combines textural hand made puppets with 3D digital scanning techniques and is accompanied by hydrophone recordings of submarine city sounds and music by Derek Littel.
Juliette Poggi’s Cycles uses volumetric lighting and a rich colour palette to explore the female form.Throughout this short movie the mutability the woman’s body is represented. Travelling in an unknown space the female form is revealed: imposing yet mysteriously intangible.
Emily Briselden-Waters‘ film Circus of Anxiety derives it’s title from the historical practice in which male doctors forced female patients displaying symptoms of hysteria to perform for an audience. First hand research has been collected by interviewing medical professionals, mental health activists, and women who suffer from severe anxiety. The immersive space of the fulldome has been used in an experimental way through moving-image and sound design, and aims to communicate the intense feeling of this experience.
Alice Kilkenny’s Into the Sublime explores the concept of space in the digital sublime and its transformative effect on human consciousness. Taking the audience from structured form, through chaotic disarray, into new aesthetic resolution, the film considers how sublime transcendental experience has modernised. As our pursuit towards sublimation continues our sense of self as a physical form will become abstracted into virtual space. These evolving cyber-realities reflect new ways of reaching our conscious self.
RCA’s Sound Designer and Technician, Mike Wyeld also submitted his short film, Love Town which presents evocative interviews with gay men about coming out in conflict zones. Comparing the situations in Northern Ireland during the troubles and Iran during the revolution, this film brings the added dimension of fulldome to experience those times for ourselves.