RAJ X TOT and Antonio Giacomin: Journey Into the Universe of Consciousness

V-F-X Ljubljana
VR Point
11 – 14 May 2023
Slovenian Cinematheque, Miklošičeva 28, Ljubljana (museum lecture room)
Thursday, 11 May 2023, 7.30 pm (Presentation of the interactive multimedia VR installation)
Friday – Sunday, 12 – 14 May 2023, from 2 pm to 7 pm (individual view with VR glasses)
Free admission

RAJ X TOT and Antonio Giacomin: Journey Into the Universe of Consciousness

The project is an interactive multimedia art installation as well as an educational event. Visitors can place brain sensors on their foreheads and then use VR glasses to witness a three-dimensional video that tells the story of the journey of the sphinx who, as the keeper of knowledge, explores the core of its being through a 3D fight into the realm of its dreams. At the same time, the front sensor reads the brain wave frequency signals, which are then translated into a graphic image with precisely defined parameters via the (BCI) Brainwave Computer Interface, a specially adapted computer software. These video brain maps, which will also be available for purchase after the VR experience, reflect the viewers various states of meditation, concentration and movement and various cognitive, psychophysical and emotional states.

More about the project

Photo: Asiana Jurca Avci

Collage of brainwave maps of participants in the VR installation at the V-F-X Ljubljana festival

RAJ PER TOT, in graphical form RAJ X TOT, is an audiovisual artist and architect born as Rajko Pertot in Trieste where he studied violin and music that later evolved into electronic composition in London. He finished the University of Architecture in Ljubljana and got his professional habilitation at the IUAV University in Venice. He is the Creative Coordinator of the Institute for Audiovisual and Performing Arts IND – Intimate Notions’ Dream based in Ljubljana. For more than 30 years Raj Per Tot has been carrying out his professional and artistic career in different areas of fine arts, architecture, set design and teaching. Lately he oriented his artistic expression in audiovisual installations, concerts and performances creating a space of images and light with the vibration of the body, mind, sound and voice. (Photo: Jernej Čampelj)

Antonio Giacomin aka. fluido was born in 1974 in Trieste. As a creative technologist and video designed started to experiment with immersive media in 2015 working on various XR projects with his company fluido.it. In 2016 became the curator for the VR section at the Trieste Film Festival and started to collaborate with Casa del Cinema in Trieste organizing events like workshops and panel on XR culture. Since 2018 is guest curator for VR content at FeKK in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and ShorTS Festival. In 2017 he was creative producer and creative technologist for the project “In the Cave”, created during the Biennale College VR program and presented at the 75th Venice Film Festival in Venice VR category. He is also a blogger and a podcaster. (Photo: Lara Perentin)

The project won the competition held by the Center for Creativity of the Ministry of Culture RS with funds from the European Regional Development Fund; produced by Rosa Production in collaboration with the Herman Potočnik Noordung Center of Space Technologies.

VR Point is SCCA-Ljubljana’s programme for the promotion and distribution of VR and AR creativity. It is part of the Open Videosphere project, which is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture.

The exhibition is part of the International Festival of Experimental Audiovisual Practices V-F-X Ljubljana in Slovenian Cinematheque.

Production: SCCA-Ljubljana/DIVA Station
Co-production: Slovenian Cinematheque
Supported by: Ministry of Culture RS, City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture