QUEERING OUR METAVERSE - Virtual Reality Programme at Bricks
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"Book your slot of Virtual Queer-ality (only 3 places available at each time) for a slice of digital ballroom, a virtual doc on the planet’s oldest working queen Walter W. Cole, or fantastical experiences in extra-religion and oral surgery - the choice is yours!"

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A event on Wednesday 8th September. The event starts at 17:00.

We are entering a new era in digital identity politics. Explore queer identities through the digital lens of virtual reality. Enquire at the box office about our VR Lounge!

- Please note that there is limited availability to each slot (3 headsets), so do be on time to your screening otherwise we will have give your slot to someone waiting. One ticket will get you access to 2 of the experiences listed below. You select which 2 that you would like.

GIMME ONE is a 360 virtual reality experience showcasing five Bristol ballroom artists as they explore ideas around cultural appropriation, empowerment and safe space. Their self-expression is seen through dance using digital volumetric and motion capture techniques, visualising the unique voices of this vibrant subculture."

The firmament is a religious space mapped out as that section of the universe which isn’t quite of earth, but not quite inside the realm of God. It has been reported as a dome or sphere within which water is held on the earth, a space from which land was formed, a shield from the infinity of deep space and even a vault of heaven. Mystics and prophets such as Enoch have travelled there, guided in dreams by shining ‘light beings’. Hundreds of years of debate has been speculated about this space in religious texts throughout ancient history, and in recent times ‘extra religious’ leaders have experienced it too. Extra religious is a term to describe those who believe in God and in alien life on other planets. They too have visions of this firmament zone. They describe it as magical and fantastical; a place of transformation and great wonder.
The firmament is therefore a space which is yet to be truly deciphered.

Join Katya on a journey of relaxation and oral surgery through beautiful and horrifying worlds that will leave you traumatized and transcended. With drag superstar, Katya, you should always expect the unexpected! This companion visual piece was created for her twisted spoken word piece in honour of National Dentist’s Day… Katya explains, “the brilliant Jonathan Sims and his team have helped me create an immersive three dimensional dental dreamscape that will transport the viewer to a beautiful and frightening world where you will never want to go to the dentist again.

In Studio Visit 360 (2018), Theo Triantafyllidis re-imagines the gallery space as his own virtual studio. In the creation process, he embodied an Ork avatar, who used digital tools to create 3D forms, a process which was recorded through DIY motion capture. The recordings of this performance are now presented as a 360 studio visit, where the viewer can watch the Ork create the sculptural work. In creating the Ork character, Triantafyllidis pairs prevalent video game tropes with the performative persona of The Artist. Ork Aesthetics are inspired by gender-fluidity, medieval contraptions, engineering tools, brutalism and gaming culture. The artist’s performance considers the concept of virtual labor and production in today's hybrid-reality work environments, as the Ork experiences the frustrations and complications of artistic labor in the virtual studio.

Step into the life of Walter W. Cole, one of Portland, Oregon's most influential, iconic, and celebrated figures, but better known as “Darcelle XV,” who at 87 years old is the world's oldest working and performing drag queen and shows no signs of stopping.

Please note that due to Covid 19, do make sure that your headset is wiped down by the volunteers and provided sanitation station before putting on your head.

All tickets to our VR screenings are available through Headfirst via our website, or at the Bricks Bristol Box Office during the film festival. Tickets for most events are on a sliding scale of £2, £4, £6 or £8. Choose what to pay based on your circumstances. We ask that you be honest with yourself about your financial situation. This allows us to provide financial flexibility to those who need it most and makes PIFF affordable to more people alongside sustaining the festival and supporting queer filmmakers. If you have any questions about what you should pay, please get in touch via [email protected] or ask one of our volunteers on the day. Free tickets are available too, just email / message us and there will be no questions asked.

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The Palace International Film Festival, Bristol’s annual LGBTQIA+ cinematic event, happening 8th – 12th September at Bricks in St Anne’s, will be showcasing 100+ queer shorts, feature films, performances, workshops, virtual reality and a film archive exhibition!

All events and screenings will take place at our new home, Bricks Bristol, located at St Anne's House and a 15 minute bus ride from Cabot Circus.

Our venue has a ramp and elevator access. Some, but not all screenings will have closed captioning, subtitling and / or BSL translation.

Find out more about The Palace International Film Festival from our website: www.palacefilmfest.org

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