'The Waiting Room: VR' selected for Venice Biennale 2019
Our brand new VR experience, The Waiting Room: VR, directed by Victoria Mapplebeck, has been selected to play at the Venice Biennale 2019. This will be the experience’s World Premiere and is a great honour.
The Waiting Room: VR explores the cultural myths and language of chronic illness, asking us to confront what we can and what we can’t control when our bodies fail us. The lynchpin of this VR piece, is a 9 min durational 360 take, a reconstruction of Victoria’s last session of radiotherapy , which marked the end of nine months of breast cancer treatment. The user finds themselves in an intimate and unexpected role of bystander. This experience is counter balanced by a CGI journey inside Victoria’s body. Working with 3D artists, Victoria has bought to life the medical imaging she’s collected through out treatment. Cancer cells, CT scans, mammograms and ultrasound provide a 3D portrait of her body from the inside, out. The Waiting Room begins with a personal journey but as cancer affects one in two of us over the course of a lifetime, it also tells a very universal story.