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Spaced Out, an underwater experience.

Discover all the secrets behind the first XR work incubated in Crans-Montana : Spaced Out, an immersive underwater VR experience directed by Pierre Friquet.


About The Speaker

Pierre Friquet

A visionary in virtual reality since 2010, Pierre Friquet has directed more than a dozen VR fictions, documentaries, music videos, dome and location-based experiences. Hailing originally from Paris, and having lived in four continents Pierre's VR clients include projects for ABC, FOX and Reddit,... created under the umbrella of Ando + Pyare. He's also a passionate conference panelist, patient workshop conductor and dedicated consultant. His VR original fiction (co-created with Ando Shah), Jet Lag, won the best live-action award at the Kaleidoscope VR festival Vol. 1 and was selected at Cannes Next in 2016 . Red Patterns, a room-scale VR experience for the HTC Vive, was selected at the World VR Forum and was awarded at the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal. Recently he is working on 3 VR projects and relocated himself in Paris, France

In exhibition

Sea Of Serenity

SEA OF SERENITY invites the visitors to swim in Virtual Reality, several of them at a time, simultaneously for a duration of upto 10 minutes. The piece uses one of a kind waterproof VR helmet. Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the lunar module of Apollo 11 was installed (21:56 in Houston and 02:56 in France); the first step was a few hours later). The first steps on the Moon are broadcast live on the entire planet and are followed by 500 to 600 million viewers. SEA OF SERENITY takes place at night in the body of a teenager who listens live the radio program on the historic event of the night of 20 to 21 July. The point of view passes from the first to the third person, leaving his body behind. The result is a crossing in a tunnel of lines and points, a trajectory of the Earth on the surface of the moon, where the last Apollo 11 mission landed. SEA OF SERENITY allows the visitor to float above the surface of the water and breathe with a snorkel, while being immersed on the lunar surface. The piece is a magic trick: floating in space. This simulation of absence of gravity bypasses the brain for an immersion of all senses. Like space tourists, the visitors enter a lunar travel agency and book their tickets to the moon. Immersed in water while wearing the world’s first VR underwater headset. they float in a virtual world. The moon doesn’t resemble what it’s perceived from earth. From time to time it snows and strong winds blow. There are active volcanoes.... and stinky mushrooms in the caves.
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