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Interior 123

The next step in experiencing music

Just imagine: a limitless experience for sound, sight, smell and touch. You barely move, yet you can move from room to room. This is all made possible through the fantastic combination of Florian Magnus Maier’s music, Marcel Wierckx’s virtual reality creation, the spaces of the Rembrandthuis, the paintings of Joan Miró and the sound world of Black Pencil. An installation that can be visited after a concert, at a festival, in a museum or a gallery. The ultimate experience – a challenge that will continue to fascinate young and old alike.

  • A Virtual Reality performance of 7 minutes, continuing on a loop. Version with live or recorded music are both available for a range of situations.

  • Requirements: please see the technical requirements page for detailed info.

Project Description

As regards my means of expression, I try my hardest to achieve the maximum of clarity, power, and plastic aggressiveness; a physical sensation to begin with, followed up by an impact on the psyche.’

Joan Miró

The quest for brutal expression in the work of Spanish-Catalan surrealist master Joan Miró (1893-1983) can be compared to the effect one aims to create with Virtual Reality: power, total immersion, clarity, impact.

 

Miró visited the Netherlands in 1928, and in awe of the old masters, especially Vermeer, decided to re-paint his own idiosyncratic, abstract versions of these works. These three ‘Dutch Interiors’ paintings form the theme of this production. 

The visuals of the VR-production Interior 123 are presented in 360-degrees, in three virtual spaces. These virtual spaces are filled with a range of living asymmetrical forms. Details of the three works of Miró come to life in a vivid virtual environment. Colour palettes and depths of contrast are borrowed from works of the old masters such as ‘The Lute Player’ by Martensz Sorgh and ‘The Dance Lesson’ by Jan Steen. Images of the musicians from Black Pencil have been shot in a green screen studio, and can thus be digitally placed into these virtual spaces. A combination of pixel smearing techniques and 3D transformations transform the musicians into abstract shapes. The visitor experiences an arresting and surreal world where nothing is as it seems. A short yet powerful story that leaves room for one’s own associations.

 

Interior 123 is a Virtual Reality production lasting 7 minutes, running on a continuous loop. Depending upon the location it can be played for two to four hours, with appropriate breaks (for example, for audience changeover or breaks for the musicians).

 

The capacity of the installation is 10 audience members per performance. The performance can be given in two variations:

  1. The live musicians surrounding the audience. This is only possible in spaces with sound isolation. For example, a small concert hall or studio space, easily accessible within the building where other activities are taking place. Sound will be played through 8 speakers audio surround system.

  2. The visitor listens through high quality headphones. This variant is particularly suited to foyers of theatres/concert halls, or entrances of busy events where there is a large public but live music may not be played due to noise disturbance. 

     

    This installation is a concept that appeals to a broad range of people (including children from 8 years of age).

Interior 123: Black Pencil | Florian M. Maier - Black Pencil
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