MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2023  /CNW Telbec/ – As it prepares to enter its second year of operations, OASIS immersion, Canada’s largest immersive destination, presents transformé, a fascinating voyage rooted in real-life stories from which emerges the infinite power of courage and empathy. This 80-minute luminous and interactive walkthrough exhibition spans eight works originally designed for virtual reality headsets, then reformatted for the show, sometimes reinvented OASIS-style, into a collective public experience. As of January 19 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, visitors will be able to embark on a futuristic, moving, and even transforming journey.

Staged for the first time worldwide, the exhibition plunges visitors into the heart of the human experience by addressing contemporary issues like mental health, compassion, inequality, diversity and wonder, taking them on a personal and transfixing ride of sights and sounds. In designing the exhibition, which stars Marion Cotillard and Emmanuel Schwartz, among others, the creative and technical teams of OASIS immersion worked alongside some of the biggest international names in virtual reality.

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A SPECTACULAR VISUAL AND AURAL JOURNEY

transformé invites you to see the world through the eyes of various protagonists, rewarding visitors with an uplifting perspective on some of the issues very much alive today.

“The transformé exhibition sprang from a desire to explore the idea of converging individual-based virtual reality immersion with our own Oasis brand of collective immersion, for the purpose of building a narrative around shifting our perspective to others’ point of view, so we may recognize how powerful a force courage and empathy are in our lives. More concretely, the transformé immersive walkthrough per se tells compelling stories, layered over rich visuals and sounds and spectacular installations, which we believe speak to our times,” explains Denys Lavigne, CEO and cofounder of OASIS immersion.

“Developing transformé was the fruit of a unique collaboration involving our creative and technical teams and a group of talented virtual reality artists. It was a painstaking process at the storytelling, technical and research levels through working with AI and creating the show’s soundscape. I’d like to thank everyone for their commitment and openness to exploring digital creation in bold new ways. To a certain extent, this show is a tribute to their work and the transformative power of immersion,” adds Julie Castonguay, Executive Producer at OASIS immersion.

The new immersive exhibition shepherds visitors through the venue’s three galleries, each with its own set of deeply experiential and emotional narratives:

PORTAL GALLERY / THE CHALLENGES THAT HELP US GROW

This opening gallery introduces visitors to the light at the end of adversity, through two very compelling stories:

On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World)

France, UK, USA

Official Section: Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival

Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, Arnaud Colinard and Pierre Zandrowicz / Atlas V / Astrea

Vestige

France, UK, USA

Best Immersive Work: Geneva International Film Festival

Aaron Bradbury / Astral V / Astrea

French-language narration: Marion Cotillard

TELEPORTER GALLERY / AT THE CROSSROADS OF PLACE

The second gallery is a trip from Cleveland to Tokyo, through Cape Town, and an exploration of the ties that bind them together.

Tokyo Light Odyssey

Japan

Webby Award

WOW inc.

Container 

South Africa

Venice International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival

Simon Wood and Meghna Singh / SaltPeter Productions

Ferenj

Ethiopia, USA

Official Selection: Cleveland International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival

Special Jury Prize: NewImages

Ainslee Alem Robson

PANORAMA GALLERY / A RENEWED OUTLOOK EMERGES

The final gallery is a deep dive into fascinating worlds, where acceptance and gratitude thrive as agents of transformation.

Goliath

UK, France

VR Grand Jury Prize: 78th Venice Film Festival

Barry Gene Murphy / Floréal Films

French-language narration: Emmanuel Schwartz

Notes on Blindness

France, UK

Peabody Award XR Experience, Finalist SXSW Film Festival AR/VR Innovation Award

Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton et James Spinney / Atlas V / Astrea

Conscious Existence

Germany

Stereopsia Lumière Award Best VR Content, Animago Award Best AR/VR/360° Production

Marc Zimmermann / Diversion Cinema

Narration française : Lesly Velázquez

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About OASIS immersion

The OASIS immersion group is an entertainment organization specialized in the creation, exhibit and distribution of immersive experiences developed in keeping with industry best practices. OASIS immersion is located in a 2,200 m2 high-performance multimedia environment on the first floor of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. It offers a walk-through museum-type experience including three immersive galleries, two light experiences and a lounge area with café-bar and boutique. Its programming features leading talent in the immersive arts and presents contemporary themes from an inspiring and optimistic perspective. The OASIS immersion galleries are also available for private events. For more information visit oasis.im.

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