‘The experience was transformative. I felt so zen afterwards – like I’d been on ecstasy or just finished three hours of yoga. I am still feeling after effects.’ Michelle Van Beukson, National Film Board of Canada
Where you can experience it next
Door Into The Dark will be installed at the MU Space in Eindhoven, The Netherlands from 16th March – 17th April 2017
HOW IT WORKS
Door Into The Dark is a bespoke and intimate experience for one, lasting approximately 40 minutes. As you inch your way through a dark and unknown space, stories, soundscapes and instructions are triggered at specific moments.
The audio is populated by the presence of four people: the narrator, who accompanies the participant throughout the work and talks directly to them, and three real characters. These are John Hull, author of Touching the Rock, who describes the impact of losing his sight on his relationship with sound and touch, David Riley, a mountaineer who had an intimate brush with death, and Bryan Morrison, who took to walking the streets at night to lose himself and ended up in psychiatric care.
As you navigate the set – encountering forests, grass, a suspended bridge, walls that envelop and carry you, and much more besides – you listen to these individuals narrate their experiences. Each physical moment finds its match in the story; you embody what you hear. Unique in form and groundbreaking in its use of locative technology, Door Into The Dark brings together captivating documentary stories and visceral physical experience to explore what it means to be lost in an age of infinite information.
‘In an overwhelming media environment in which we struggle for control, we recognize a work that viscerally reconnects us with the value of letting go. It offers a meticulously crafted storyworld that allows us to cerebrally, emotionally, and quite literally leave our baggage behind and step into the void. In that void we become disoriented, take risks, make choices and find ourselves again, changed. Ambitious, simple, and profound, this work marks a fresh and promising direction for the field of immersive theater. It evoked a euphoria that stayed with us long after we left it.’ Tribeca Film Festival Jury Statement
‘A transformative experience, I will never forget it.’ Sarah Wolozin Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Doclab
‘Truly immersive storytelling. I felt rejuvenated and fully alive’ Paula Bernstein, Indiewire
‘My favourite interactive installation to date… achieves a level of emotional empathy to the subjects’ stories rarely experienced in interactive work’ Loc Dao , Head of National Film Board of Canada Interactive