Welcome to a taster of the reincarnation of Astrolabe by New Zealand Arts Laureate Daniel Belton and Good Company. Click here to view.
The first VR film (8') is now available for viewing here. You can watch on your mobile by simply tilting or dragging your finger across the screen to look around. For the best mobile viewing experience, use the Vimeo app available for download from Android Play Store or Apple App Store On your desktop, you can click or use the arrow keys to explore.
What if you’ve got a headset? Android and iOS apps sync up with most headsets. All you’ve got to do is tap the headset icon in the mobile player, or scan your headset’s QR code, and the video should work for you. It works with Google cardboard too.
The full length master (24') will be available to view online soon. Watch this space!
Astrolabe is a multimedia collaboration involving renowned digital artists, musicians, and dancers from Singapore, China, Australia, Spain, and New Zealand.
This work premiered at Gallery 10, Singapore, in December 2019 as a 20-minute projection loop supported by a 7-minute VR journey.
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is proud to support bringing the work to life under Covid-19 conditions as an online exhibition, featuring downloadable VR, expanded home cinema streaming and more. New funding from Creative New Zealand's Arts Continuity Grants is making the Astrolabe Virtual Gallery Exhibition and VR come alive for Matariki 2020.
How to describe Astrolabe? Daniel Belton says: “Almost every element on Earth is formed by particles from space, including our bodies. Astrolabe seeks to reimagine our perception of body, space and time with the support of digital technologies. Astrolabe’s unique visual and aural scenarios created for VR and expanded cinema installation invites the audience to experience different perspectives of space and time - travelling to augmented realms inspired by ancient star charts and maps.
"This multimedia project enters into a dialogue with methodologies developed by early Asian and Pacific Island astronomers, and suggests a philosophical ideology of the movement of celestial bodies - acknowledging the oneness of all life. The digital arts and dance of Astrolabe transports audiences in an immersive space voyage for virtual reality, film and sound exhibition.”
The original project was supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and the National Heritage Board Singapore.
It was led by Daniel Belton and Dunedin-based Good Company. Collaborators included Xiao Ke and Zi Han, Janessa Dufty, Jill Goh, Christina Guieb, Jac Grenfell, Patxi Araujo, Stuart Foster, Donnine Harrison, Nigel Jenkins, Michael Askill, Richard Nunns, PerMagnus Lindborg and Joyce Beetuan Koh.
Te Matatiki Toi Ora extends its heartfelt thanks to Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts (goodcompanyarts.com) for reimagining Astrolabe for online audiences.