Turbulence: Jamais Vu Unclassified 18+
From the team behind epic environmental VR installation Gondwana (MIFF 2022) comes an intimate experience of (mis)perception.
Director Ben Joseph Andrews suffers from a chronic vestibular condition characterised by destabilising episodes of dizziness or imbalance, whose symptoms can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days (or longer). Unlike his and producer Emma Roberts’s earlier work Gondwana – a durational VR that speculates on the endangered future of the Daintree rainforest – Turbulence: Jamais Vu reimagines the medium on a personal scale, taking form as an essayistic exploration of an invisible illness.
Guided by Andrews’s voiceover, this deeply intimate, world-first mixed-reality work uses the VR headset as a metaphor for individual perception, allowing glitches and imperfections in immersion to create a lived sense of what this neurological condition feels like. The result is an absorbing, sometimes unnerving experience in which the everyday world becomes an increasingly distorted funhouse mirror.
Director Ben Joseph Andrews will appear in the free MIFF Talks event Power Shift: The Future of Seeing on Tuesday 15 August.