Tamiko Thiel
My Identity Is This Expanse!
VR 360 experience and mixed reality installation

By Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron, 2020
Produced by a_BAHN
With dream sequences by Tamiko Thiel

Cinequest Best Immersive VR award
Please see also the official website for "My Identity Is This Expanse"
(includes video excerpt of my 2nd dream sequence)

I am honored to be guest VR artist in Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron's moving VR work that tells the story of a child who, resilient to despair, seeks relief through memories, imagination, and the strength of poetry. This is based on the true story of Yunus Yusuf, who was transported, confined in a wooden box, from Afghanistan to Luxembourg at the age of 13.

It is also the story of millions of other refugee children and adults, both today and throughout history. Mahmoud Darwish's poem, "If I Were Another," taught to him by his mother, is both the child's and the viewer's entrance into this realm of relief and resilience. Below are some stills from the dream sequences I created.

Dream 1

The child's mother appears, as if in a dream. Together they recite Mahmoud Darwish's poem, "If I Were Another."

Dream 2

In a dark and dangerous back alley, the words of Darwish's poem let the child rise up out of confinement, high above the city. But the world turns upside down and the child is suspended between city and ocean waves.

Fourty second demo video excerpt from Dream 2 sequence.

Dream 3

The child embraces the waves, forms them into a blue box. Out of the box arises the final word of Darwish's poem: "My Identity Is This Expanse."

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