Fringe 2020 – Electric Dreams: VR Cinema – Cosmic – Masonic Lodge – 4K

Virtual reality is still a relatively new medium, and certainly it is a very new art form to be shared in a performing space such as the Adelaide Fringe.

Attending ‘Electric Dreams – Cosmic’ is a surreal experience in every sense of the word. Ushered into a small room with multiple swivelling chairs, the small audience is set up with all the requirements of a VR space – and then we are away.

Starting with the immersive cinematic experience of ‘Kumbh Mela’, we are transported to one of India’s largest religious festivals. Having personally only participated in VR games, rather than actual films, it was a thrilling experience to be completely immersed in the film itself, and have the opportunity to really be present in the moment. It is somewhat strange to feel that you are part of an event, without being able to truly interact in the sense of being able to change the environment.

Next, we are introduced to ‘Conscious Existence’, a whirlwind trip through the universe from many different perspectives. This is almost impossible to describe, as each experience is unique, depending on what catches your interest and attention. Depending on your frame of mind at the time, this experience may well be frightening, exhilarating, eerie or breathtaking – or a combination of the above. At times, you may feel dizzy or overwhelmed – just remember the instructions to close your eyes and breathe until you feel more centred.

A truly unusual and surreal experience, I highly recommend participating in an Electric Dreams event if you are able to during the Fringe.


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