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Berlin Wall: The Virtual Reality Experience at the Newseum (Washington, DC)

Open through Dec 2018

Virtual reality technology is changing the game in storytelling. At the Newseum, visitors can now step back into time for seven minutes and experience communist East Berlin at the height of the Cold War.

Using a VR headset, headphones and two handheld controllers, visitors can walk through the deserted streets of East Berlin and witness the communist propaganda posters and austere atmosphere that characterized the walled-off city. Although visitors are safely tethered within a 10-foot-by-10-foot space inside the museum, their experience is punctuated by the anxiety of dodging the guard tower searchlights that sweep “no-man’s land” looking for wall jumpers. Once back on the West Berlin side of the wall, visitors can use their controllers to help break down the decades-old barrier to freedom.

After concluding the VR experience, visitors can make their way down to the Newseum’s Hubbard Concourse Level, where eight sections of the Berlin Wall and an actual East Berlin guard tower have been on exhibit since the Newseum opened. The Berlin Wall exhibit explores the history of the wall and reminds visitors of the struggles worldwide to preserve or obtain the right to free expression and religious liberty.

http://www.newseum.org/2017/07/26/berlin-wall-vr-experience-now-open-at-the-newseum/

Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC, 20001

DODO by Bricolage at Carnegie Museums (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

October 13 – November 29, 2017
Note: The show is completely sold out. Still a possibility for standby tickets.

Since 1760, they’ve operated in secret, preparing the way. Once considered legend, they’ve been steadily growing in number and influence. Their existence, in direct response to a pressing need expressed by the natural world, is one of the most significant and far-reaching stories in America: a story of un-natural selection. A story of extinction. The actions of humanity have set into motion events that will outlive our species. It must now be determined what will endure. Do you know how you got here? Do you know where you’re going? Our past is a memory, our future is certain. DODO: the time has come.

http://www.bricolagepgh.org/programs/program-listings/dodo/

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Oakland Facility
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

CARNE y ARENA virtual reality installation at LACMA (Los Angeles, California)

Very hard to get tickets to this one as it sells out immediately once a block opens. Good luck!

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Based on true accounts, the superficial lines between subject and bystander are blurred and bound together, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and thoroughly live a fragment of the refugees’ personal journeys. An immersive installation that reunites frequent collaborators Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki alongside producer Mary Parent and ILMxLAB, CARNE y ARENA is centered around a 6 ½-minute virtual reality sequence for one person that employs state-of-the-art immersive technology to create a multi-narrative light space with human characters.

http://www.lacma.org/carne-y-arena

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER: OCEAN ODYSSEY (New York City)

Opens October 6, 2017

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER: OCEAN ODYSSEY is a first-of-its kind immersive entertainment experience that utilizes ground-breaking technology to transport audiences on an incredible underwater journey.

Embark on a breathtaking odyssey across the Pacific Ocean and encounter its greatest wonders and mightiest creatures. Come face-to-face with an undersea world teeming with life—from great white sharks and humpback whales, to Humboldt squids and sea lions. Without getting wet. All in the heart of Times Square!

From the creative minds at SPE Partners, with a team of Academy, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning artists, including the visual effects creators behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” National Geographic Encounter is a never‑before seen entertainment experience.

You may never want to come up for air.

https://natgeoencounter.com/

Location:

Times Square
226 West 44th Street (between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10036

Desirelines chamber ballet by Collusion on July 26-27 2017 (Melbourne, Australia)

Dance, live music and digital animation collide in Desirelines, the electric chamber ballet by Collusion. The original concept by Benjamin Greaves arrives at Hawthorn Arts Centre on 26 and 27 July, with stainless steel tracks set to transform the historic space for the first Melbourne performance of this award nominated show.

The on-stage performers – three musicians and four dancers – use the tracks to navigate a digitally animated landscape. Striking a new balance between live music and dance, they are placed at the intersection between choice and obligation, with individual desires emerging from all seven performers.

The work is named after the concept of ‘desirelines’ – the improvised tracks created by people who defy the ways designed for them by others. Captivating visuals, including projected musical scores, enable the musicians to interact freely in the space as they perform the virtuosic score made up of original compositions by Susan Hawkins (Light From Below) and masterworks by Sculthorpe and Ibert.

Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Melbourne, Australia

https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/events/desirelines

http://www.collusion.com.au/

Impossible Science at Discovery Cube Orange County (Santa Ana, California)

Opens in July 2017

Jason offers Impossible Science Labs and Festivals in science centers all over Southern California. Latimer’s events combine science fiction with hands-on interactive experiments. Learn Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Mathematics and more through workstations in Levitation, Invisibility, Mind Control, Super Powers and many other fields of impossible! The Impossible Science Initiative is designed to inspire wonder and curiosity in an academic environment.

http://www.jasonlatimer.com/

Jungle-ized in Times Square (New York City)

Soundwalk Collective presents JUNGLE-IZED: an interactive audio art installation that transforms Times Square, transporting visitors to the heart of the Amazon, following the 73rd Meridian West that connects Times Square with the Amazon rainforest.

Presented in partnership with Times Square Arts, NYC & CO., Audio-Technica, The Lost Explorer and CXA+ART, this immersive, participatory audio experience encourages and celebrates a conversation with nature to bring a heightened awareness around climate change and the environmental impact of our everyday actions.

App by Motive.io for Soundwalk Collective featuring Amazon Rainforest Sound Environments Recorded by Francisco López Shipibo, Tribe Voices and songs recorded by Soundwalk Collective, and art direction by gpsmuseum.eu. Premium audio listening experiences available through Audio-Technica headphones at the NYC & Co. Kiosk in Times Square.

As part of the Times Square Arts’ At the Crossroads program, which includes installations and performances on the public plazas of Times Square, visitors will be invited to take self-guided audio tours of the Amazon by downloading the JUNGLE-IZED LITE or the full JUNGLE-IZED mobile app. From 8am to 7pm daily visitors can also borrow a pair of premium Audio-Technica headphones from the NYC & Co. kiosk located in Times Square, to begin the journey through a virtual soundscape that superimposes the Amazon ecosystem on the heart of Times Square, by following the 73rd line of longitude West that connects Times Square with the Amazon rainforest.

http://www.jungle-ized.com/