Isle of the Dead

Isle of the Dead

Virtual Reality

Böcklin’s mysterious Isle of the Dead is one of the most often reproduced paintings in the history of art. It fascinated Lenin and Hitler, Freud and Clémenceau, and inspired both Dali and Scorsese. The painting represents the final journey as described in Greek mythology, as the boatman Charon accompanies the dead to the underworld on the other side of the river Styx.

This experience proposes something unthinkable: join Charon and travel to the very portal of the underworld. The journey starts in a comfortable, cosy, modern apartment. Suddenly the world around you starts to break up: walls and surfaces crack, crumble and fall into the dark waters of the end of time. In an inescapable forward motion propelled by the collapse of everything around us, we glide across the water, petrified, towards the Isle of the Dead. A hypnotic journey filled with lugubrious poetry and architectural visions from another age, set to the powerful symphonic poem of Rachmaninov.

Now available in 360 on ARTE or real-time 6DOF. 

Available in early 2019 on Viveport, Oculus and Steam.

With the technical expertise of Novelab (Exports & Rendering)

 

Directed by Benjamin Nuel


Written by Benjamin Nuel et Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat


Narrated by André Wilms


Produced by Oriane Hurard


A co-production Les Produits Frais, ARTE France


With the support of CNC – New Media Fund


Artistic Direction: Hugo Arcier


Novelab Technical Experts: Julien Daniel-Moliner, Clément Chériot