Sunday, November 27, 2022

Latest Posts

An artist who was on the front lines of Ukraine creates a VR version of the war with Russia

A Dutch artist has found a way to let people into the front lines of the war between Ukraine and Russia as the fighting escalates.

Dani Ploeger has visited Ukraine several times in recent years as tensions remained high in the country following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

A seasoned activist and artist, he was no stranger to living in conflict zones and decided to try and capture the “suspense” of war.

Ploeger created the work titled nip and used virtual reality (VR) technology to help draw attention to an “aspect of warfare” that is often not understood or even imagined, he said. Pleasemynews.

Using a loop of soldiers waiting or sitting in the trenches smoking cigarettes, Ploeger gives the audience a picture of the war that is the opposite of what is often portrayed in the news or in movies.

“While most representations of armed conflict tend to privilege eventful activity – spectacle, if you will – nip evolves around the often static situations of expectation and suspense that actually occur more frequently than combat situations,” Ploeger explained to Pleasemynews.

The artist is no stranger to conflict situations having lived in the occupied Palestinian city of Ramallah.

“Most of the time there would be no visible violent action. However, at any moment something could happen. And it usually did, but you never knew when,” he said. describe.

“Time felt like a process of suspense, a constant expectation of eruptions of physical violence.”

In nip users don a VR headset and earphones, then are asked to close their eyes and simply listen before examining the 360-degree landscape.

They will hear the sounds of war, including gunfire, and then, when they open their eyes again, will be shocked to discover the juxtaposed images of men in military uniforms waiting with folded arms.

“What struck me here was the sense of suspense that seemed to permeate everyday life, not least because of the many soldiers who were in town preparing for – or returning from – the front line,” Ploeger said.

He decided to use VR technology because there’s an ‘expectation of a show’ for the public” or as he puts it, “They see these headsets and tend to think, ‘oh something really exciting is about to happen’.”

But the reality of what they see is quite the opposite and so, nip juxtaposes the “expectations of VR technology”.

The artists then further complicate the experience by asking the viewer to close their eyes “and a soundscape of violent war erupts”, which is more in line with people’s expectations of not just a war, but also the VR medium.

To create the “violent soundscape”, Ploeger used field recordings of actual weapons used in the Russian-Ukrainian war at that time.

hey so let Pleasemynews in another layer of the room, revealing that the line of soldiers in the video looped individually, “so the situation seems spontaneous but endless.”

The viewer can then turn around and come face to face with Ploeger, finally revealing that the audience’s point of view was from “inside” a camera all along.

“This VR experience doesn’t try to hide its virtuality,” Ploeger added.

Fighting has continued between Ukraine and Russia since the latter annexed Crimea, but an escalation in the conflict began in February when the latter invaded its neighbour.

Latest Posts

Don't Miss