A showcase of digital interactive storytelling, featuring top international and local VR, AR installations & digital stories.
Storytelling is central to everything we do. Humans have been telling stories around campfires and kitchen tables from time immemorial. Our kaupapa is to celebrate, support and showcase documentary which includes bringing new immersive worlds to New Zealand audiences for them to participate in and experience.
XR, or Extended Reality, is an umbrella term for VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), Interactive and Immersive storytelling. In a way, it encompasses anything beyond the traditional on-screen format.
The XR exhibition is a family-friendly and free event. In Auckland, it was open to the public at Auckland Central Library, kindly supported by Auckland Council’s City Centre Targeted Rate and Heart of the City. In Wellington, it was displayed at the Doc Edge XR Pop Up Space, kindly supported by Wellington City Council and Urban Dream Brokerage.
A massive congratulations to the two projects, Evoke (a New Zealand project) and Missing 10 Hours (an international project from Hungary) which both won a Doc Edge Award as XR Impact Winners.
Key Events & Schedule
Wellington XR events will run between 12-18 June at 113 Taranaki Street with the following opening hours:
Mon 12 June: 5.30pm – 8pm
Tue 13 – Fri 16 June: 3pm – 8pm
Sat 17 – Sun 18 June: 10am – 5pm
Here are two key events on Mon 12 June and Fri 16 June not to be missed.
Experience four thrilling world premieres: Evoke, The Luminous, Amorphous Volumes, and About Sound. Also featuring TOMO VR
Missing 10 Hours
XR for Change: Untold Stories, an immersive event that showcases a collection of transformative XR experiences
2023 Projects in Exhibition
This category features a selection of XR works that use digital media to tell stories and convey powerful messages. These innovative and engaging experiences are sure to captivate audiences and push the boundaries of traditional storytelling.
This category a range of cutting-edge XR works that transport audiences to new and exciting worlds. From virtual reality to interactive installations, these immersive experiences provide a sense of presence and engagement that is truly awe-inspiring.
A VR experience that changes perception by engaging them with everyday New Zealanders and their responses to various aural wonders in a restful, meditative environment
Alex Honnold Soloist
Immerse in Honnold's world, one of world's most famous free-climbers, carrying out a dangerous mission and bringing viewers on an exhilarating experience through the European Alps.
New discoveries about personal stories from a scrapyard in Vancouver to the Orthodox Jewish community of Bnei Brak and back to a decaying farm in rural Manitoba.
A mesmerising journey of the 221 enslaved men and women of slavery who drowned in shackles when a Portuguese slave ship sank in 1794 in Clifton Beach, Cape Town.
A poetic, embodied, transcendental journey by stepping into a vast desert landscape and being met with fire, light and universe goddesses.
In raising awareness of the under-discussed aspect of Aboriginal history, Australia's racist past, this is a short story to bring attention to what really happened at Galup Lake in moving detail.
This is a story on flaws embedded into the adoption system in a non-judgmental manner and pushes us to take a more open-minded view of those who wish to serve as single parents.
Missing 10 Hours
Bystander effect, a social psychological theory of a series of events for a vulnerable young woman to become a date rape victim.
Showcases several notable filmmakers abstract versions of technically innovative dream projects that never came to fruition as part of this VR experience.
No Place But Here
A fiery agitprop hopes to rehabilitate the image of the South African Reclaim the City movement and spread awareness on the causes of the Woodstock building occupation.
Square the CIRCLe
A delightful palette cleanser that poses several thought provoking questions about existential terror.
The jungle people
A vital, politically charged examination of the Anti-British National Liberation War and the impact that it had on the family of a Communist guerrilla fighter.
This is not a ceremony
In this astonishing cinematic VR experience, the oral tradition popularised by Canada's First Nations community gives voice to the concerns of a persecuted minority.
In the virtual world, architecture TOMO interprets the proverbial heart of three wahine travelling through Te Ao Kikokiko (the land of the living).