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From the Main Square

XR Showcase | Action,Comedy

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Pedro Harres’ award-winning animated interactive narrative tells the story of a how a quiet countryside and its inhabitants navigate culture, landscape and conflict as their central square becomes a city. A winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Immersive Grand Jury Prize and the Grand Prize at France’s New Images Festival, From the Main Square is an interactive 2D animated XR experience that tells the story of a how a quiet countryside square becomes the central square of bustling city, filled to the brim with inhabitants. We experience the rise and fall of the city and its divided citizens firsthand, over time, as their cultural, political and societal goals diverge.

Programmer's note: From the Main Square’s intricate 2D animation style and use of spatial stereo audio and interactivity draws us into the action, directing our gaze and our attention throughout the piece so that we experience the rise and fall of the city and its divided citizens almost as though we are silent participants; we become very intimate voyeurs. The intricate details in the drawings of the people, plants, landscape and buildings warrant repeat viewing, as the artwork is filled with characters and landscapes that evolve over time. And because the work’s interactive features enable you to get close-ups of the details, at times, it’s like looking through a telescope; you can get closer to the action to explore facial expressions, specific actions; the details of new buildings as they are constructed; and the countryside, as it morphs into a cityscape. Harres brings insight and unique visual artistry to XR storytelling.

From the Main Square is showing as part of the XR Showcase, located at Level 4, Halls 6 and 7 of the International Convention and Exhibition Centre

The XR Showcase is open at the following times:
Wednesday, 18 October 10am - 5pm
Thursday, 19 October, 10am - 5pm
Friday 20 October, 10am - 5pm
Saturday 21 October 10am - 4pm

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Credits

Year 2023

Director Pedro Harres

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