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SPRING ODYSSEY

An AR & VR experience by Elise Morin

SPRING ODYSSEY is an AR & VR immersive diptych centered on the invisibility of radioactivity and the inaccessibility of bodies in the red forest area, located 1 km from the Chernobyl power plant.

SPRING ODYSSEY VR is a sensitive experience which intimately links science, art, technology and philosophy in an installation set-up offering a space between reality and virtuality. It invites you to embrace the counterintuitive experience to caress and dance with an irradiated plant: the M_plant, a mutant plant born from the collaboration of Elise Morin and the biologist Jacqui Shykoff, which specificity is to make visible the invisible radiations. 

Using the real and virtual M-plant as an interface, you are invited to become one with the red forest, thus discovering its specificities, the fictional melting pot it embodies, and the answers which may lie in this open-air laboratory. 

Answers to our contemporary questions may hide there: how can we co-exist on a damaged Earth? how can we tame the invisibility of high levels of radioactivity and learn resilience? Resistance to radioactivity is one of the conditions for life in a “Planet B”, should we look to the sky?

SPRING ODYSSEY AR is a 5 minutes experience which invites you to meet the mutant tobacco M_plant that spent time in the Chernobyl red forest. The AR experience is designed to accompany Elise Morin’s exhibitions and the VR experience in a more documentary way. Guided by the mutant plant, you’ll discover the history of the red forest and the original Art & Science approach of the artist. 

SPRING ODYSSEY VR
Format : Virtual Reality
Genre : art
Duration : 15 minutes
Director : Elise Morin
Creative technologist : Vincent Malizia
Scientific collaboration : Jacqui Shykoff, Timothy Mousseau, Emmanuele Coccia
Producers : Lucid Realities (Chloé Jarry), Tulipes & Cie Production (Charles Drouin)
Coproducer : France Télévisions
With the support of CNC-Dicréam & La Diagonale Paris-Saclay 
SPRING ODYSSEY AR
Format : Augmented Reality
Genre : art & documentary
Length : 5 minutes
Director : Elise Morin
Scientific collaboration : Jacqui Shykoff, Timothy Mousseau, Emmanuele Coccia
Producers : Lucid Realities (Chloé Jarry), Tulipes & Cie Production (Charles Drouin)
With the support of CNC-Fonds Experience Numériques
Picture 1 : © Pierre Gondard – Picture 2 : © Pierre Gondard – Picture 3 : © Élise Morin – Picture 4 : © Pierre Gondard

SPRING ODYSSEY VR has been presented for the first time to the public within the framework of Chroniques, Biennale des Imaginaires Numériques in Marseille from November 2020 to January 2021. The experience is intended to be enriched in the months to come, to become a multi-users experience.