31.11.2017 : Kim Chaek University, 2017
VR experience for Mobile VR
In 2014, I undertook a special kind of trip. I decided to go virtually to the last country in the world without Internet users: North Korea. For almost a year, I surfed the web compulsively. I compiled all the documents I could find about the country. And then one day, I checked into Yanggakdo Hotel, a three-star hotel located on Yanggak Island, right in the middle of the capital. From that moment on I stayed in my room and watched Pyongyang from the window of the hotel. Experience 31.11.2017 : Kim Chaek University begins on the roof of Yanggakdo Hotel. The visitor contemplates the urban landscape that surrounds it. Then he jumps, flies over the river bank of the Taedong and enters a building in which few tourists are interested: the Kim Chaek University of Technology. This immersive experience is a working tool. I think of it as a sensory database where I store part of my documentary research. Data, landscape and sensation complement each other and create a new way of understanding a search and a thought.
The project is work in progress. At the moment, there is only a french version available. An English version will follow soon.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1982, Léa Rogliano is a multidisciplinary artist based in Belgium. Unclassifiable by choice, Léa Rogliano likes to combine medias. Her productions touch mainly upon issues such as gender, geopolitics and issues related to the progress of digital technology. Her work seeks to free ones perception, ask questions, denounce any form of control or power through image and advocates daydreaming, unproductivity, contemplation, humour, irreverence, theory and analysis. At the beginning of her career, she was an actress for the company Arcinolether directed by Christophe Cotteret. The company that works between Belgium and Lebanon, produces documentary and political theatre about the conflicts in the Middle East. In 2012, Léa decides to concentrate on her own projects and turns decisively towards image. In 2013, she completes her first experimental short film Belles Endormies (Sleeping Beauties), which deals, in a poetic and compelling way with the image of women in the consumer society. Belles Endormies went on to be broadcast in many international festivals. In 2014, she begins Virtual Travel Journal about North Korea where she looks at how the last "country without Internet users" is represented on the web. She creates a video installation and a series of conference documentaries and research on this subject. In 2017, she completes a second experimental short film entitled SHIFT and develops her first virtual reality interface where she shows part of her research on North Korea. In association with Christophe Boucher, she launches the Singularity/Tech collective, which develops a series of virtual reality interfaces.
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