Carne y Arena: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality experience, “CARNE Y ARENA (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible)”. “CARNE Y ARENA” explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees and is based on true accounts and testimonials.Explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees and is based on true accounts and testimonials. In this immersive installation, Iñárritu successfully transports the viewer to the border while erasing the superficial lines between the subjects and the bystander. The viewer’s space and the subject’s space become blurred and bound together. This VR, unlike all others, allows the viewer to participate in the work. Walking in the same space and experiencing a small fragment of the immigrants’ and refugees’ personal journeys.
CARNE y ARENA reunites frequent collaborators Iñárritu, Emmanuel Lubezki, Mary Parent, and ILMxLAB. The experience is centered around a 6 ½-minute virtual reality sequence for one person that employs state-of-the-art immersive technology to create a multi-narrative light space with human characters. This work is so compelling that currently, two renowned Universities in the United States are conducting a study related to the power of art and specifically VR to build empathy around core issues such as Immigration. CARNE y ARENA premiered at the 70th Cannes Film Festival as the first virtual reality project to be featured in the festival’s history. It was presented for the first time in its extensive full version at Fondazione Prada in Milan.
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