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Turbulence: Jamais Vu
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Turbulence: Jamais Vu

Ben Joseph Andrews, Emma Roberts
Australia
2023
10 min
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

When extended reality artist Ben Joseph Andrews suffers an attack of vestibular migraine, he loses his sense of orientation, balance and spatial awareness. It also affects his experience of reality, where everything familiar suddenly seems new and different—a neurological phenomenon called “jamais vu”.

Andrews lets you experience this sensation of jamais vu yourself with a VR headset. This distorts your reality into a black world with objects outlined in white. Sitting at a table, Andrews guides you with his voice through a series of actions with everyday objects, which suddenly feel awkward and clumsy—something as simple as leafing through a book feels strange. How does this experience affect your image of your environment, of the material world, of yourself?

Turbulence: Jamais Vu is the first part of a series of mixed reality works that Andrews is making about the chronic condition he lives with, in an attempt to see it not as an impediment, but as a source of creativity.

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Credits
10 min
black and white
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Ben Joseph Andrews,
    Emma Roberts
    Ben Joseph Andrews,
    Emma Roberts
Production
    Ben Joseph Andrews,
    Emma Roberts for Pernickety Split
    Ben Joseph Andrews,
    Emma Roberts for Pernickety Split
Developer
    Ben Joseph Andrews
    Ben Joseph Andrews
Sound Design
    Matt Faisandier,
    Erin K Taylor
    Matt Faisandier,
    Erin K Taylor
Music
    Matt Faisandier
    Matt Faisandier
Screening copy
    Emma Roberts for Pernickety Split
    Emma Roberts for Pernickety Split

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