Virtual Visualisation of Real Emotions

24 February at 7 p.m.

Virtual Visualization of Real Emotions is a collaborative and educational art and virtual reality project that has investigated the emotional impact of isolation, especially on young people in the Navas neighbourhood of Barcelona, with the aim of addressing the effects of the health crisis experienced in 2020.

Through a participatory educational programme, participants took part in creative workshops that helped them to express their emotions in different audiovisual and virtual reality formats. The workshops incorporated emotional awareness sessions with co-creation and experimentation sessions; the project also aimed to provide participants with the basics of audiovisual and virtual reality techniques to encourage them to express themselves creatively. The aim of this training process was to provide young people with methods of imaginative collaboration in order to offer them an interesting community art project and a useful creative tool for the future.

VVER, is a winning project of the Beques “Premis Barcelona 2020” call, led by “Espronceda, Institute of Art & Culture” with the collaboration of several entities from the Navas neighbourhood of Barcelona: “Pla Comunitari Navas”, “BeAnotherLab” and “Lichen Innovación Social”. The results of this project are two experimental works that express in an original way the emotions of the main actors of the project, the young people.

Based on Vivaldi’s music, The Four Seasons, one work represents the dream of a young girl who runs free in the world and comes into contact with nature, crossing wild and uncontaminated natural landscapes. A dream that she would like to turn into reality, a fantastic, intimate and introspective journey that leads us to rediscover ourselves but at the same time puts us in contact with the natural ecosystems making us feel in a zoe-gualitarian way part of a whole. A journey full of adventures and experiences that enrich and enhance us along the way, Ítaca , to quote Constantine Kavafis’ poem.

The other work is a virtual narrative that narrates the creative process and the workshops carried out with the young people to stimulate and foster their creativity and imagination. By applying a mixed methodology between audiovisual and theatrical creation on the one hand, and cognitive research on the other, we analysed and explored issues related to bullying, emotions and visions of the future. This path brought to the surface intimate, concrete and real thoughts, but also possible and utopian ones. A mixed imaginary made of reality and imagination. The work is not a finished product closed on itself, but an open procedure that tells the story of the process of these months together.

CREDITS
COORDINATION AND CURATOR :Alessia Gervasone (Espronceda)
COORDINATION OF RELATIONS WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD:
Natàlia R. Martí (Pla Comunitari Navas)

VIRTUAL NARRATIVE MANAGEMENT:
Christian Betanzos and Daniel González Franco (BeAnotherLab)

MANAGEMENT OF THE FIRST WORKSHOPS ON EMOTIONS:
Sofia Williamson and Matías Verderau (Lichen)

COMMUNICATION:
Renata Procopio (Espronceda)

ASSISTANCE IN THE INSTALLATION OF THE EXHIBITION:
Ovidiu Valeriu Bojor and Oleksandra Nych (Espronceda)

VIDEO INTERVIEWS:
Ovidiu Valeriu Bojor (Espronceda)

for her advice and support during the whole project.

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF:
Alba Loré
Alex Rodríguez
Briceidy Gonzales
Eric Lorca Torres
Favour Enoma
Johan Paul Gordillo Quintana
Levan Bagauri
Sheynna Villavicencio Macías

Last but not least, we would like to express our thanks to the Joan Fuster Institute and in particular to Professor Fernando Llorente and to the whole community of Navas, Barcelona.

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