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Shadowtime
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Shadowtime

Sister Sylvester, Deniz Tortum
Netherlands, United States, Turkey
2023
18 min
Dutch Premiere
IDFA DocLab Spotlight, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

Sister Sylvester and Deniz Tortum have withdrawn their project Shadowtime from the festival. For any questions regarding tickets, please contact Eye Filmmuseum.

VR users are always in two worlds at once: the physical and the digital. And so in Shadowtime, which blurs that clear boundary between reality and virtuality, you always inhabit two bodies—and at a certain point you also experience having four hands in augmented reality.

The VR begins its exploration with the first-ever virtual object: a digital cube. By moving the cube you can make all sorts of locations appear. They look realistic but are actually an additional, disorienting AI-generated factor. Another level of disorientation arises from the fact that it briefly seems like you are using the very first VR headset—a different one than the headset you are actually wearing.

The term “shadowtime” has its origins in discussions about the Anthropocene. It is used to describe the feeling of living in simultaneous but irreconcilable realities—like being in virtual reality and the climate crisis (something Shadowtime repeatedly reminds you about). Is the shadow world of VR just a hiding place, an escape from reality? Or is it the perfect context for learning about how to be in two places at once?

 

Presented in collaboration with Eye Xtended.
Supported by Onassis ONX Studios.

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Credits
18 min
color / black and white
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Sister Sylvester,
    Deniz Tortum
    Sister Sylvester,
    Deniz Tortum
Production
    Firat Sezgin for INSTITUTE OF TIME,
    Ecegül Bayram for INSTITUTE OF TIME
    Firat Sezgin for INSTITUTE OF TIME,
    Ecegül Bayram for INSTITUTE OF TIME
Key collaborator
    Sjoerd van Acker
    Sjoerd van Acker
Co-production
    ONX for Onassis Foundation
    ONX for Onassis Foundation
Developer
    Sjoerd van Acker
    Sjoerd van Acker
Technical artist
    Bats Bronsveld,
    Arjan van Meerten
    Bats Bronsveld,
    Arjan van Meerten
Narration
    Rawya El Chab
    Rawya El Chab
Music
    Alican Çamcı
    Alican Çamcı
Sound Design
    Alican Çamcı
    Alican Çamcı
Screening copy
    Ecegül Bayram for INSTITUTE OF TIME
    Ecegül Bayram for INSTITUTE OF TIME
World Sales
    INSTITUTE OF TIME
    INSTITUTE OF TIME

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