Shirin Anlen

Tzina: symphony of longing, 2017

VR experience for HTC Vive

A poetic, interactive webVR documentary in which the residents of the run-down Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv muse on love and things that are no more. At the beginning of 2017, Tzina Dizengoff square, one of Tel Aviv’s emblematic sites, has been demolished. The square became a home for the lonely and marginalised characters of the area. This project tells the story of the people who gravitated toward the square and spent their days in it. In this interactive webVR documentary (for HTC Vive + chrome), they talk about their lives and the square. Tzina invites you to physically explore the virtual square, combining elements of fantasy, while experiencing the square in different times of the day.


Additional credits:

Or Fleisher, Technology director

Avner Peled, Lead developer

Ziv Schneider, Design director

Laura Juo-Hsin Chen, Creative code

Udi Ben-Arie, Script Editor and UX Expert








Shirin Anlen is an interactive creator working at the intersection of technology, exploratory arts and social fabrics. She experiments with how new technology can augment human perception and enrich future narratives. Her work has exhibited internationally at venues including IDFA DocLab, Next Festival de Cannes, SIGGRAPH, HeK- House of Electronic Basel, Museum of Moscow and the Israeli Center of Digital Art. In 2015, Shirin founded and directed the first interactive and VR storytelling festival in Israel, Steamer Salon. Recently, she co-founded Raycaster, an experience design studio, under the Museum Technology track supported by the Knight Foundation at NEW INC program. She holds a MFA in cinema and television from Steve Tisch School, Tel Aviv University where she debuted her first full length webVR interactive documentary, Tzina: symphony of longing.

Currently Shirin is a fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab.

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