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Patrick Hegarty, Madeline Sewall & Jayden Kenny
Former Convention Centre site, 100 Peterborough St
Screenings: Saturday 25 October–Monday 27 October, 11am-5pm; Monday 27 October, 8-10pm
Dematerialization, an immersive experience that links physical space and virtual reality, attracted a steady stream of visits across the weekend. Participants eagerly stepped inside an atmospheric space for a virtual performance that explored the complex relationship between technology, architecture and the human body.
A large vertical timber corridor orientated the audience towards a screen, projecting a performance from Melbourne, Australia at one-to-one scale. The audience popped on headphones and viewing glasses, which had one lense blacked out – this helped to create an illusion – a false perspective – that gave a three-dimensionality to the image and space beyond. When the projection mirrored the space inhabited by the audience, the screen became a portal into the virtual environment.