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Michelle and Uri Kranot

Friday 20 October: kl 15:00 - 19:00
Saturday 21 October: kl 10:00 - 19:00
Venue: Ungdommens Hus (next door to Harstad Kino)

En filmatisk og interaktiv VR- opplevelse, om å se og bli sett, som utvider horisonten for hva visuell kunst, film og VR kan være.

// It is freezing cold on the outskirts of town. Yet people gather. I watch them form a row across the horizon. We all wait for something to happen. However, nothing does...
We have been assembled to witness an event. To participate in being seen. The spectacle of watching and being watched. We live in a society which fears confrontations and chooses anticipation over action. We are lucky to be part of the privileged crowd. We do our best to belong. However, privilege is fragile. It can all flip in a split of a second, and no one will lift a finger. We could easily become the ones being watched by the crowd.

Still Nothing Happens

Still Nothing Happens

Directors Commment

As a film, NOTHING HAPPENS is a powerful, cinematic journey and a thought provoking encounter. As a VR experience, we can take a step further into the realm of participatory visual art. We want the audience to become active participants in the scene - and therefore be part of the passive crowd. Altering narrative and perspective based on player behavior provides a unique experience for every participant.

Animation can convey an entire imaginary world: For whatever reason, telling stories one frame—one image—at a time, feels like the purest form of art making. There’s something alchemical about watching, becoming aware of the procession of frames. To borrow tools from animated documentaries: The contract with the viewer transcends the hurdle of resistance, since the setup is undeniably fabricated; it is the subjective experience and not reality which is questioned.

Through multiple perspectives, the project conveys a clear message to the audience: You are part of it as well. What was it you passively participated in?


About the whole project with installation:

An Animated VR Experience by MICHELLE AND URI KRANOT

In the cold outskirts of of town, something is about to happen. A crowd of people has assembled to witness a spectacle...

NOTHING HAPPENS is a cinematic VR experience which question the role of the spectator, by inviting the individual to participate in an event. VR allows us to choose our perspective, allows us to become absorbed in the unique atmosphere and participate. The project explores a different kind of narrative, a new way of being in a painting, a work of art that is truly comprehensive and immersive. NOTHING HAPPENS offers a new way of looking.

Behind the project is award-winning directors Michelle and Uri Kranot who with this project challenge the narra ve form by applying an innovative approach to the possibilities as well as limitations of traditional techniques. The project is produced by Marie Bro on be- half of Dansk Tegne lm and in co-production with the French company Miyu Productions.

It is about spectatorship, about watching and being watched. It is about being present.

AMIFF experiencing Nothing Happens at Venice Film Festival, 2017.

Later Event: October 20