Virtual Content Tour at Incheon Airport

What if it is possible to travel beyond time and space in one place?

What if you can go back in time to attend a trial for Walter Sisulu, mentor of Nelson Mandela, as well as explore every corner of Notre-Dame de Paris, and even become part of the universe and jump into a black hole?

All of these are possible at the extended Reality (XR) Content Exhibition held from Nov. 24 to Dec. 13 at Incheon Airport’s Transportation Center 1! Let’s take a closer look at the exhibition!

Beyond Reality, a tour of another dimension

Beyond Reality Over Incheon Airport, a virtual content tour at Incheon Airport, is an exhibition jointly planned by the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), Institut Français in Korea, and Cultural Collaboration Division, the Embassy of France in Korea.

This exhibition is more special as it is held in Incheon Airport, a place of meeting and connection. Conventionally speaking, “airports” serve as a hub of transport to travel somewhere. In light of the current circumstances of tourists no longer visiting airports due to COVID-19, Beyond Reality is expected to present a new paradigm for the airport through new media content experience.

As a collaboration with Incheon Airport, even the admission ticket will remind you of air travel. Book your reservation as you would a flight, and get a ticket that looks like an airline ticket along with a brochure in the form of a passport. However, unlike a flight, this is all free!

This exhibition features fifteen interactive artworks and eleven 360 VR artworks from three continents (Asia, Europe, and the Americas). Visitors can watch and directly participate in these interactive artworks, and their participation completes the artworks. 360 VR artworks provide three-dimensional videos to enable users to experience things as if they were real.

How about it? Interesting, right? Then, let’s also briefly look at some of the artworks! But wait, you know you’re required to get your body temperature checked before entering, right? Now, we are prepared to go on a fun and safe tour.

Artworks of Beyond Reality

Beyond Reality comprises “Beyond East” and “Beyond West” around VR Lounge. Beyond East displays artworks from artists in Asia. Here you can appreciate seven artworks, including Peach Garden, which makes you feel like you are walking in the painting of Dream Journey to Peach Blossom Land, and Bodyless by Hsin-Chien Huang, a master of new wave art in Taiwan.

Peach Garden, which is inspired after Dream Journey to Peach Blossom Land by An Gyeon (1350-1447), a painter in the Joseon period, presents a surreal garden to the audience. The audience entering the fantastic garden departs on a journey without beginning and end where they can freely roam around. In this artwork, the audience can experience as if they are walking in Dream Journey to Peach Blossom Land! It unveils VR technology which four people can appreciate at the same time in 30 meters in length and 15 meters in width for the first time in the world!

Beyond West features eight artworks from artists in the West, including The Line, which won this year’s 72th Emmy Awards and the interactive category in the Venice International Film Festival, and Spheres: Songs of Spacetime, which invites you to the depths of the universe.

Spheres: Songs of Spacetime is an interactive VR film that explores music in space and provides you with experience as if you were standing at the center of the universe. This artwork invites you to a world where you can touch and hear the universe closely, not its typical image from the media. Go and see Spheres: Songs of Spacetime, a world where it feels like you are directly touching and orchestrating the universe!

The Line unfolds a 20-minute story about fear and love for the changes that the two protagonists Pedro and Rosa experience in a miniature world. The artwork faithfully represents Sao Paulo in the 1940s, where the audience can pull the lever in the miniature world or crawl beneath a mechanical device. It allows you to immerse yourself in a love story of the two dolls which are made perfect for each other but are hesitant to get closer.

Finally, VR Lounge plays VR films that provide 3D space in 360 degrees! Eleven films are played, allowing you to look back on familiar places or murky memories from travel or go to the places you have only experienced in your imagination. How about getting on a rocket bound for the moon, or going on a tour around Paris?

3 things to know before going to see Beyond Reality

(1) Reservation! (You can also make a reservation on the spot)

You can watch Beyond Reality for free through advance or on-site reservation! Even if you make a reservation on the spot, you need to go to the link to make a reservation. Go to the website of Beyond Reality and you can easily make a reservation.

(2) Minors under 14 are not allowed to watch the exhibition.

Please, note that since you need to put on a VR headset to watch artworks, minors under 14 years of age are not allowed to watch the exhibition!

(3) Take part in an on-site event and win prizes!

Another beauty of this exhibition! There are various events prepared on the site. There is a Stamp Event, where you get stamps on your passport-looking brochure, a Boarding Pass Event, where you submit admission tickets for prizes, and a Visit Review Event, where you upload your photos taken after the exhibition with hashtags! By drawing lots, 1 day stay at Paradise City and tickets to watch 8 films from 2021 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival will be provided! Check out more when you go to the exhibition 😊

The meaning of travel is changing along with a changing world. While it has become difficult to travel due to COVID-19, travel like this provides enough inspiration and stimulation in a different way. Don’t miss out on this special tour you can go on for free if you visit Incheon Airport from November 24th to December 13th!

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