NEW YORK TIMES VIRTUAL REALITY EXHIBITION
The Antarctica Series
A collection of four virtual reality projects filmed on, above and below the ice in Antarctica.
Showing at MCT February 18-25
Directors: Graham Roberts and Jonathan Corum
UNDER A CRACKED SKY (10 minutes)
Under eight feet of Antarctic sea ice lies the clearest water on Earth. Plunge through a small hole in the ice to dive with seals, explore ice caves, glide past stalactites of frozen seawater and swim over a rocky black seabed crawling with life. The film was narrated and photographed by two research divers at McMurdo Station, one of whom has more experience under the ice than anyone else on the planet.
THREE SIX JULIET (12 minutes)
A virtual reality helicopter tour through the McMurdo Dry Valleys, the driest place on earth. Fly along the edge of the East Antarctic ice sheet, visit the saltiest body of water in the world, and stand on a scenic overlook where only a handful of humans have set foot before. These valleys are the closest equivalent our planet has to the landscape of Mars.
McMURDO STATION (9 minutes)
What does it take to keep a thousand people alive, housed, supplied and fed on the least habitable continent, thousands of miles from civilization? Few people will ever visit McMurdo Station, the largest outpost in Antarctica, but with virtual reality we can lead viewers on a tour through this fascinating part of the world. McMurdo has been described as part mining camp, part college campus and part national science laboratory -- a place where sleds and tents designed 100 years ago by the first Antarctic explorers are still used alongside massive vehicles and equipment that exist nowhere else in the world.
A SHIFTING CONTINENT (15 minutes)
Antarctica is an inhospitable desert of ice, shifting in slow motion over hundreds and thousands of years. With virtual reality we highlight the beauty of the continent, set foot on spectacular cliffs where no human has ever stood, and show the movement of massive ice sheets that hold enough water to raise global sea levels by 200 feet. Stand among the penguins and seals that live on the ice, and ride along with scientists in military aircraft as they fly over Texas-sized plains of floating ice, using suites of instruments to study this least understood continent.