SPECIAL PLACES is bundled with Horizon (a ‘signature’ Canada 150 presentation) and runs 01 July Canada Day. The double-feature begins at 11 AM and continues throughout the day. While it costs a few bucks to get into SPARK, the full-dome shows are free of charge.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO
If you’re interested in virtual reality (VR), have some fun with SPARK’s full complement of state-of-the-art VR headsets:
SPECIAL PLACES: Writing-On-Stone premiered in February at Denver’s IMERSA conference, a showcase of full-dome immersive experiences in a state-of-the-art presentation space.
Spring tour of Europe
Next stop: JENA full-dome Festival in May at the Zeiss Planetarium in Jena, Germany, a university town which has shaped a lot of Western philosophy since its founding in 1558 ; the dome’s namesake Carl Zeiss, the father of modern optical lenses opened his first manufacturing plant there in the 19th century. And famous alumni — Hegel, Marx, Luther, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche among other notables — either lived and worked in the east German city, went to school there, or taught at the university.
In June, SPECIAL PLACES next travels to the full-dome festival at BRNO Observatory and Planetarium in Czech Republic. And after that back home to Canada and Montreal’s SAT IX Symposium where you can immerse yourself in Writing-On-Stone in the VR Lounge.
In July, Calgary’s SPARK presents SPECIAL PLACES on Canada Day, and throughout the summer in a programme of short 360 films in the planetarium’s dome (dates to be announced).
Next phase of development
A simulacra of SPECIAL PLACES and kindred locations I’ve recorded in Canada (and elsewhere) is in the works — an immersive cyclorama that builds from the 2007 [em/I] public exhibition; the replica will speak to and stimulate all modalities of human perception (not to be mysterious: I’ll reveal what that means in the months to come).