A new award-winning VR experience featured monthly on temple Campus

TEMPE, Arizona., October 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wonderspaces, presenters of experiential art in Scottsdale since April 2019associate with Arizona State University The School of Arts, Media, and Engineering (AME) launches a monthly Virtual Reality (VR) Movie Series featuring a famous new VR movie each month for one weekend only on the ASU campus. The series begins October 29 with the haunting VR movie “Gloomy Eyes” from Fernando Maldonaldo and Jorge Tereso.

“Every year, artists create extraordinary VR films that only reach people who can afford to spend hundreds of dollars on VR hardware or have the ability to travel to film festivals,” said Jason Shin, president of Wonderspaces. “We are thrilled to partner with ASU’s School of Arts, Media, and Engineering to bring these films to the ASU campus, expanding the reach of today’s VR art. and hopefully encouraging the next generation of VR storytellers.”

steven tapper, Dean and Director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, said, “We are thrilled to welcome these VR films, examples of the powerful way immersive storytelling can generate new experiences and new connections. Immersive storytelling and world-building will be among the fastest growing sectors of the creative economy. This series will give our students exposure to what is possible.”

Pavan Turaga, the Director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, said: “We identify ‘technofluence’ as our mission: the development of skills in contemporary technical tools for the creation of multimedia content. Wonderspaces VR film series is an ideal example showcasing technofluency, which will not only motivate our students, but also enable future career paths. We are proud to partner with Wonderspaces.

Tickets for the first six films and experiences will be on sale from October 19 at https://arizona.wonderspaces.com/tickets and more information is available at https://arizona.wonderspaces.com/vr-film-series-at-asu. The tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children under 13, $10 for all ASU students with ID, and $10 for Wonderspaces members. Each visit lasts approximately 50 minutes and sessions begin at noon to 7 p.m. during exhibition weekends.


Past dates April 2023 to be announced in January

October 29-302022 Dark Eyes by Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Tereso
November 12-13, 2022 Paper Birds by 3DAR
December 10-11, 2022 Madrid Black by Jacques Castillo
January 21-22, 2023 Battlescar by Martin Allais and Nico Cassavechia
February 18-19, 2023 Traveling in black by Roger Ross Williams
March 18-19, 2023 Ayahuasca by Jan Kounen, Shigeto: Hovering by Conor
Grebel / Dinner by Laura Wexler and Charlotte Stoutt
April 15-16, 2023 Spheres by Eliza McNitt

ABOUT THE MOVIES VR posters linked here

Dark eyes by Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Tereso
Gloomy Eyes, directed by Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Teresoproduced by Atlas V, and narrated by Colin Farrel, tells the story of a zombie boy named Gloomy in a 360-degree animated world that has fallen into darkness. This immersive film won SXSW’s Virtual Cinema Jury Prize in 2019. https://www.gloomyeyes.co/

Paper Birds by 3DAR
Realized by Frederic Carlini and heller germanand featuring the narration of Archie Yates, Edward Nortonand Pierre Joss, Paper Birds is a 30-minute interactive film about a young musician in search of inspiration. It was produced by 3DAR with Baobab and Meta, and presented at Venice, walking sticks, SXSW and Tribeca Film Festivals. https://www.3dar.com/p/paper-birds

Madrid Black by Jacques Castillo
Madrid Noir follows a young woman as she uncovers the secrets of her estranged and deceased uncle by reliving the summers she spent with him as a child. This 45-minute narrative mystery premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won recognition at walking sticks and Venice Film Festivals. https://www.madridnoir.com/

Battlescar by Martin Allais and Nico Cassavechia
Produced by ATLAS V, Battlescar follows a year in the life of Lupe, a Puerto Rican-American woman sailing in the late 1970s New York City punk scene. Realized by Martin Allais and Nico Cassavechiaand comprising Rosario DawsonBattlescar played at Venice, Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals. https://www.battlescarfilm.com/

Traveling in black by Roger Ross Williams
Directed by the Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams and produced by Emmy Award-winning Felix & Paul Studios, this documentary-style virtual reality film immerses the viewer in the long history of restricted movement for black Americans, confronting how we understand and talk about race in America. Traveling While Black was produced by Felix and Paul Studios with Oculus the New York Times Op-Docs. https://www.felixandpaul.com/?travelingwhileblack

Spheres by Eliza McNitt
This three-chapter interactive virtual reality journey from the writer/director Eliza McNitt and executive producers Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel discover the hidden songs of the cosmos. Spheres premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received the Virtual Reality Grand Prize at the Venice Film festival. http://www.elizamcnitt.com/spheres

Ayahuasca: Kosmik Journey by Jan Kounen / Shigeto: Flying Over Conor Grebel and 79Ancestors / Dinner by
Based on his experiences with Ayahuasca in the Amazon, Jan Kounen has created a 17-minute VR experience that invites participants to follow a Shaman through the psychedelic and spiritual effects of Ayahuasca.

Shigeto: Hovering, by Conor Grebel, is a transcendent story of life-giving water brought to a dying planet. The collaboration was created for Shigeto’s compilation LP Territories, an audio-visual concept album curated by the 79 Ancestors label.

Dinner by Laura Wexler and Charlotte Stouttrealized by Angel Soto, presents the story of the alien abduction of Betty and Barney Hill to examine how different people can experience the same events. Produced by RYOT and Skybound, Dinner Party screened at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.

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Situated at Los AngelesWonderspaces has been presenting extraordinary and accessible works of art to new audiences through paid shows since 2017 and currently hosts shows year-round at Scottsdale, philadelphia creamand Austin.

More than a quarter of a million people have experienced Wonderspaces at Scottsdale Fashion Square in Old Town Scottsdale, which operates year-round and features a rotating lineup of immersive and interactive art.

To learn more, visit wonderspaces.com, @wanderspaces Where @wonderspacesaz on social media, or contact the General Manager of Wonderspaces Arizona Tera Tate at [email protected].


Located within the Herberberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the School of Arts, Media and Engineering educates the next generation of learners and empowers them with technology – its development, application and its implications. The School of Arts, Media and Engineering prepares students to be socially conscious and critically minded global citizens who strive to effect positive change in a society that will be increasingly shaped by the revolutions of new technologies.

For more information, visit https://artsmediaengineering.asu.edu/.

Media contact: Jason Shin, [email protected]

SOURCE Wonderspaces, Inc.

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