With the project Sacred Hill, Ali Eslami and Klasien van de Zandschulp research how ‘sacredness’ can be used to shape and make sense of our virtual space. Sacred Hill explores and broadens our human imagination by finding correlations between space, perception, the human body and its senses, and superhuman experiences.
The result is a vibrant speculative scene that’s constantly reshaping itself. Sacred Hill is a space created by humans and non-humans, non-living entities and digital life forms, as an emerging form of existence: a new sacred space.
Sacred Hill is an interactive installation including a virtual reality experience and a live (multi-sensory) performance.
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Exhibited at Neuhaus exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam, NL), Het Nederlands Filmfestival (Utrecht, NL).
THE RISE OF THE HILL
The artists invited visual artist Mamali Shafahi to work with them on a physical installation to create a bridge to the virtual sacredness, expanding the borders of the physical reality as we know it.
The ritual machine takes you on a trip in virtual reality. The experience allows you to leave your human body behind, enter a digital space and access an alternate state of mind.
A multi-sensory performance connects the physical space with the virtual space and prepares for the ritual through a card reading.
The personal story and meaning of each card reflects on the ritual machine and gives you an extra power to join you on your VR journey.