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La plage de sable étoilé

Venice VR Expanded

Director:
Nina Barbier, Hsin-Chien Huang
Production:
Lucid Realities (Chloé Jarry), Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Running Time:
15’
Language:
French, English
Country:
France, Taipei* (*as per Institutional practices)
Music:
Armand Amar
Sound:
Thomas Desjonquères, Vincent Joinville, Franck Weber
Visual Effects:
Oready Innovation Lab
Platform:
Viveport
Devices:
HTC Vive/Vive Pro/Pro 2 Oculus Rift/Rift S/Quest w/link Oculus Quest 1/Quest 2 Valve Index
Voices:Anna Flori-Lamour (French narrator), Sharon Mann (English narrator)

Synopsis

La plage de sable étoilé is a scientific fairy tale about the starry grains of sand found on multiple beaches across the East China Sea. This starry sand is called Baculogypsina sphaerulata, a particular species of Foraminifera, and is the protagonist of a local legend about the North Star, the Southern Cross and a mythical sea serpent... The experience is divided into three parts: the legend, the underwater forest and the exploration of the Earth’s ancient geological memory, back to the birth of the Foraminifera 400 million years ago. All throughout the experience and along with the Foraminifera, you witness signs of the many threats to the marine and coral microorganisms, embodied by a sea serpent symbolising the acidification of the oceans. You are then invited to travel vertically from the sea to the sky, starting in a small room before moving deep into the sea and finally returning to the stars, as innumerable as all the grains of sand on Earth. In this ever-changing game of scales, you will find yourself similarly small amidst the stars and the Foraminifera. The starry sand is the poetic vehicle which will take users from the bottom of the ocean to the depths of space.

Directors’ Statement

Nina Barbier In this project, I intended to match science and poetry, as the stars combine these two elements: for science, they are a plasmatic celestial corpse shining from their own light, but in a poetic and mythologic way, they tell stories and legends.
Hsin-Chien Huang The essence of this experience is to understand the starry beach sensibly and rationally. Both the sensible mythical tale and the rational scientific explanation are equally important to create the full experience.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Chloé Jarry – Lucid Realities
108, avenue Ledru-Rollin,
75011 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 6 18 41 14 19
cjarry@lucidrealities.studio
http://www.lucidrealities.studio

PRODUCTION 2: Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
57, rue Cuvier
75005 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 6 03 88 42 20
stephanie.targui@mnhn.fr
http://www.mnhn.fr

INTERNATIONAL AND ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Alexandre Roux – Lucid Realities
108, avenue Ledru-Rollin
75011 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 6 50 68 63 56
aroux@lucidrealities.studio
http://www.lucidrealities.studio

PRESS OFFICE: Alexandre Roux – Lucid Realities
108, avenue Ledru-Rollin
75011 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 6 50 68 63 56
aroux@lucidrealities.studio
http://www.lucidrealities.studio


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