Art & Virtual Reality

26.05.2017 - 27.05.2017

Fri  26 May, 2pm – 8pm &  Sat 27 May, 11am – 5pm
Free entry

How and why art & VR is used by contemporary artists? The event hosts a discussion and a possibility to experience VR works at Kiasma’s Seminar room.


Friday 26 May
14:00 – 16:00 Presentations at Kiasma Theatre

Introduction: history of Virtual reality, possibilities & future / Tuukka Takala, Dsc Researcher, Aalto University
Axel Straschnoy, ARS+ -artist
Synes Elischka, Ego Cure VR movie director, Aalto-yliopisto
Rachel Rossin‘s video greetings, ARS17 -artist

Language: English

16:00 – 20:00 VR works at Seminar room

Synes Elischka: Ego Cure
VR short movie
Duration approx. 20min, language: English.
Screening every half an hour. Reservations on the spot.

Axel Straschnoy: Etsivä – The Detective
Duration: 11min, language: Finnish & English

New Musem: Artists’ VR, online exhibition
A possibility to experience VR app.

Saturday 27 May
11:00-17:00 VR works at Seminar room


VR works presented at the event:

VR short movie

Ego Cure, 2017

Ego Cure, directed by Synes Elischka, is a narrative virtual reality short film unconventionally mixing together a new technical approach of film storytelling, CGI animation and interaction between the viewer and the art piece –stretching the limits of filmmaking.

In this VR experience you, the viewer, are a part of the struggle of a contemporary dance choreographer to create a contemporary masterpiece – at odds with a handful of disinterested dancers, her unpleasant producer and the otherworldly curator – while at the same time facing her own inner demons. The movie is set in a world where the commodification of art has come to its technological conclusion: if an artist is unable or unwilling to provide a commissioned art piece, the investor has the right to extract it from their unconscious mind – using the EGO CURE device

“Having been part of a contemporary dance collective since 2009 (originally as a filmmaker/media-artist but pretty soon pushed to perform alongside professional dancers) a lot of the things happening in the script are based on my own experiences and observations.

My strong commitment to the production stems from these experiences but also from my love for the non-dogmatic way of creation that is often found in contemporary dance productions, which stands in harsh contrast to the structured approach of film production. It makes the creative struggle more visible and makes it easier for viewers to empathise with the characters, even without any prior knowledge of the subject matter.” – Synes Elischka

Ego Cure is Aalto University ELO Film School co-production with Oblomovies.

The film is part of a research project to study the mechanics of virtual reality in filmmaking, creating tools for high quality Cinematic VR. The film utilizes the Enactive Avatar, a technology creating a living, reactive photorealistic CGI character based on a real-life person.

Director: Synes Elischka
Producer: Mikko Asikainen
Script: Synes Elischka & Tom Saxman




Etsivä – The Detective
Axel Straschnoy
‘s VR movie The Detective gives a tour at ARS17 -exhibition. Somehow the artworks and experience is not exactly how it should be. What has happened?  Read more from here!


New Museum, First look: Artists’ VR -virtual exhibition
A new virtual reality exhibition in the form of a free mobile VR app for iOS and Android, featuring six commissioned works by leading artists: Peter Burr with Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Jeremy Couillard, Jayson Musson, Jon Rafman, Rachel Rossin, and Jacolby Satterwhite. You can download the app on your mobile and borrow VR-headset from the Seminar room or experience it with the equipment provided by the event.