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VR Arles

VR screenwriting residency: presentation of the residents of the 2020 edition

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Updated on 01/09/2020

The 3rd edition of the VR screenwriting residency started by the Institut français and the VR Arles festival is taking place from 23 to 29 August in Arles.

This residency aims to support authors and artists, French and international, in developing a virtual reality scenario writing project in French. In enabling the winners to deepen their knowledge about the creative and narrative potential of immersive technologies, this residency aims to give the keys to writing a virtual reality project and facilitate the convergence of different artistic forms (digital and visual art, photography, live performances…).

The 2020 edition will host 9 residents (including 2 remotely) who will work on writing 6 original and innovative projects in virtual reality:

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Linda Gabbay (France)

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Projet « Bardo »
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Linda was introduced to film when she was young thanks to film studies she did in upper secondary school, and started her professional career as a production assistant.

She explored the full film production chain for 18 years, from writing to directing, and post production to distribution, all while increasing her knowledge of the various visual media.
Curious about new technologies, digital art, and transmedia writing, she started a Specialised Masters in digital project design in 2016, during which she took an active part in the world of virtual reality.

Being passionate about immersive design, today she carries out different XR and transmedia projects as a designer and director while providing her skills to companies.
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Marion Augustin (France)

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Projet « Hauteville House »
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Marion Augustin is a graduate of the ESCP Europe Business School, the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po Paris) and the Paris-Cergy Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art (National public school of art and design).
She is a specialist in cultural mediation, a specialist tour guide in the major Paris museums and author of documentary editorial content for innovative audiovisual productions or publications.
Her recent productions: design and script of L'histoire de l’art en BD, two volumes, éditions Casterman (2016-2017); design and writing of a series of short films on art for TV5-Monde in production; author of L’art en coloriage, éditions Citadelles et Mazenod; script and production of the heroic pathway, a 3D sound pathway for the abbaye aux Dames, a music venue, Saintes; digital graphic novel script for the Musée Curie, La Méthode Curie.
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Mariana Brecht (Brésil)

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 Projet « Hi Loli »
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Mariana Brecht lives in São Paulo and is currently working as a scriptwriter and storytelling designer at Arvore Immersive Experiences. She co-wrote The Line, an experience that won the “Best VR Experience” prize at the 76th Venice Festival. Mariana is passionate about literature, and author of two books published in 2020, a novel and an interactive poetry book. She is particularly interested in stories about territories and people historically prevented from speaking out. She graduated in Audiovisual studies from the ECA-USP with a specialisation in film scripts and did a Master 2 in International Cultural Strategies at Toulouse I University.
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Camille Jeanjean (France) et Sina Saberi (Iran)

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Projet « Lost Path »
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Camille Jeanjean is an author and director. It was thanks to her career path in journalism and production that she discovered how powerful immersion is. Since 2017, she has undertaken to explore documentary and virtual writing in order to make full use of the potential of VR to tell and bring to life unique stories. Elle looks to experiment the point where art crosses over with video games for storytelling.
In 2018, Camille was a winner of the Pôle Média Grand Paris and in 2019 she obtained a CNC writing grant for the Lost Pathexperience. The Centquatre hosted it during a residency and it was also included at the Storygraphes in Toulouse.

Sina Saberi is a freelance designer from the worlds of literature, lecturing and communication, who discovered the art of performing in 2012. He co-founded the MaHA Dance Project alongside nine other young artists in Teheran. Maha is responsible for several initiatives focussing on dance in Iran, the first of which is the Festival des Mouvements du Corps in March 2016. His own artistic path explores the urgency of physical expression as a path for cultural development. In 2017, he created Kahkeshān, a non-defined space dedicated to movement research and dance creation, in Teheran and beyond. Sina is the cultural manager for several projects within dance communities in Iran.
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Kai Yoda (Japon/Suède) et Virgile Ittah (France)

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Projet « Surface to Skin »
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The artists Kai Yoda et Virgile Ittah form the duo Ittah Yoda, and live between Berlin, Paris and Tokyo.
From varying backgrounds, they have developed their artistic identity as a duo through digital, a vector for transcultural creative collaborations. This collaboration gives rise to real and virtual forms that try to connect with an archaic heritage of humanity and an collective subconscious present in the psyche of an individual. The Ittah Yoda duo showcases the performance dimension of their installation through the active participation of the public. Kai Yoda and Virgile Ittah thereby attempt to create a new reality with the help of a rhizomic network of connections between the work and the spectator, linking virtual and physical realities, at the origin of new landscapes and the future world.

The artists Kai Yoda and Virgile Ittah are currently in residence at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris. They have also been in residency in the VR Incubator, in partnership with Sws and the organisation Format C in Podstrana (HR). Their recent exhibitions include the following: Le contour de tes rêves (solo), La Petite Galerie, Cité internationale des arts, Paris (FR); Body alights – a fragmented memory (solo) at Sprout Curation, Tokyo (JP); Augmented Sunrise Beneath The Skinat Gr_und, Berlin (DE); European, Foreign & Domestic at the Averard Hotel, London (UK); Lightness at the White Rainbow Gallery, London (UK) and I think mango you say salmon(solo) at the Annka Kultys Gallery, London (UK).
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Raphaël Penasa (France) et Allison Crank (Etats-Unis)

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Projet « The Upending »
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Being born in the 1970s and growing up in the tremulous earth of the 1980s provided Raphaël Penasa with numerous imaginary worlds where politics and fantasy mix. These made him want to tell stories in turn.
He started his studies at the Beaux-Arts, then enrolled in the Ecole Supérieure d’Etudes Cinématographiques (ESEC – College of Cinematography), became an assistant director, then director, for video games in particular. He also studied at the CEEA (Conservatoire Européen d’Ecriture audiovisuelle) where he learnt detective, crime and comedy scriptwriting. He applies his writing skills to writing TV series scripts.
For 10 years he directed the animation studio Fauns before it was bought by AtlasVAtlasV and became Albyon, and is working on his first feature film Asphalt, as well as several virtual reality projects including The Blossom Crown (official selection for Pitch Mifa Annecy 2020) which he co-wrote with the novelist Mathieu Rivero, and Upending (Arles VR residency) which he co-created with UX designer Allison Crank.

Two coordinators lead the residency and supervise the residents, Charles Ayats (author, creator and interaction designer) and Jérôme Blanquet (author and designer), professionals recognised in the Virtual Reality sector. 

The residents benefit from spending the morning in a masterclass with professionals in immersive reality, visual arts, sound and live performance, followed by one-to-one coaching in the afternoons. Mathias Chelebourg (author and director), Mélodie Mousset (artist), Mathieu Müller (Senior Product Manager, Unity), Lidwine Hô (binaural sound immersive storytelling specialist), Amaury La Burthe (director, sound designer, Novelab founder), Julie Desmet-Weaver (author and producer, Underground Sugar company) and Julien Dubuc (INVIVO collective) are taking part in the 2020 edition. 

See the full residency programme here.