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THE NATURE OF ISOLATION AND LONELINESS – A LIVE EXPERIENCE IN VR

Philip | Schneider, Hans Rosenström, Andreas Koefoed / Denmark / 2021 / 25 min / World Premiere
‘The Nature of Isolation and Loneliness’ invites the audience on an emotional journey through fragmentary musical phrases, in a multi-voiced choral piece livestreamed in VR.

The choral piece ‘The Nature of Isolation and Loneliness’ addresses the stigma of loneliness in a time engrossed in social media, self-staging, “likes” and virtual friends. The piece is a performative study and manifestation of isolation and loneliness created by artist duo Philip|Schneider and installation artist Hans Rosenström. The work started in Stockholm in 2019, before anyone knew that there was something called COVID-19, and without knowing how relevant this topic would become. In the light of the current situation, the boundaries between people have changed their character – distanced in body, but connected in thought by the new common pandemic reality. In 2020 the work was performed in Vega as part of Vega Arts. At CPH:DOX the piece is transformed into a live VR experience by director Andreas Kofoed. In the VR format, the physical experience of the voices takes the feeling of loneliness and isolation even further, but also enhances the sensation of human contact. The room is dark, a black box. In an island of light, the singers move in and out. As audience you will alternate between being completely alone in the room to slowly be surrounded by the singers until they are almost too close – and then to be left again.

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How do I experience ‘The Nature of Isolation and Loneliness’?
‘The Nature of Isolation and Loneliness’ is a live streaming choir piece in VR to be watched on PC, tablet or mobile device with internet connection through a web browser. Access with VR headset: Oculus Quest running Firefox Reality (recommended) or other VR headset with access to YouTube VR Live.

How do I get access?
When buying a ticket you receive a confirmation e-mail. 24 hours before the announced screening date you will receive a direct link to join the event at the scheduled date and time.

Artist Bio

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Philip | Schneider
Philip | Schneider consists of the singers / composers Josephine Philip and Hannah Schneider. With a common background in popular music, and an interest in the voice and its performative possibilities, they create seductive spacious compositions, performances and sound installations that engage both body, ears and mind.

Hans Rosenström
Hans Rosenström is a Finnish artist internationally recognized for his site-specific spatial and sound-based installations. His practice is characterized by an ongoing exploration of how we relate to each other as human beings. His poetic and quirky works have a special resonance in these turbulent times, where similarities are ignored and differences are exhibited and exploited by politicians and the media.

Andreas Koefoed
Film director, graduated from the Danish Film School. Has directed a number of documentaries including At Home In The World, The Arms Drop and Ballroom Dancer. His films have been screened at festivals around the world and won awards at IDFA, Tribeca and CPH: DOX, among others.