VR Arles Festival 2019: Rencontres du virtuel

During the opening week of Rencontres d’Arles, artists, curators, and researchers will address the thriving intersection between virtual imagery and contemporary photographic creation.

Throughout the day, the VR experiences HanaHana: Multi-Bloom (Mélodie Mousset), Beyond The Rubicon (Lauren Moffatt), and Fever (K. Markiewicz and P. Piron) will be freely accessible for viewing in the lobby of the Théâtre d’Arles.

Detailed Program

  • 9:30am — Introductory keynotes

Welcome by Charlotte Rampling, Sam Stourdzé (Rencontres d’Arles), and Benoît Baume (Fisheye)


  • 10am — Immersive art beyond the Uncanny Valley

Projection of the video essay by Alan Warburton (Goodbye Uncanny Valley)
Artist talks by Ersin Han Ersin (Marshmallow Laser Feast), Christopher Miles (Palais de Tokyo), and Evgeny Svyatsky / AES+F (Psychosis)

  • 12pm — Financing immersive creation, between art and cinema
    A roundtable presented by BNP Paribas

With Elisha Karmitz (mk2), Céline Tricart (Lucid Dreams Productions), Bertrand Cizeau (BNP Paribas) and Perrine Vincent (CNC).

Three years after the launch of the first Oculus, where do we stand? How have creative projects been financed and with the aim of which production and presentation opportunities? Answers will be provided by the panel, made up of financing and production experts.


  • 2pm — Prints from the Virtual

With Thibault Brunet, Gourau & Phong, and Milo Keller (ECAL)

The first afternoon session will explore the rich intersection between virtual image-making and the tradition of printed images. In their hands, tridimensional scan, photogrammetry and 3D rendering become tools to renew forms and expressions of a new “augmented Photography”.


  • 4pm — Virtual bodies

With Mélodie Mousset (HanaHana: Multi-Bloom), Karolina Markiewicz & Pascal Piron (Fever) and Lauren Moffatt (Beyond the Rubicon)

For this last session, artists working with VR an experiential language will share work which involves participants, bodies.



Rencontres du virtuel
July 5, 2019
Théâtre d’Arles

For more informations visit the website of VR Arles Festival

Fabbula is a cultural practice dedicated to immersive media (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality). We curate art shows, represent artists and advise cultural institutions.