Wojciech Olchowski

HOW TO BUILD A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE AND SOCIETY THROUGH ECOPERFORMANCES’ RECORDINGS IN IMMERSIVE VIDEO FORMAT

Immersive video (360-degree video, spherical video), which is often used with virtual reality (VR) technology, is a type of video content that is designed to make viewers feel like they are inside recorded space, environment, and landscape. The idea is to give viewers a lifelike perspective. The very inspiring concept of ecoperformance was proposed by the Brazilian performing artist Maura Baiocchi and can be used to describe works that investigate the play of tensions between body and environment. Recording of ecoperformance in immersive video format may be a very interesting way to capture the interaction of a performer with the surrounding of nature, because, especially with only one performer, most of the field of view is the context (not only background) of presence of the human body. This makes landscape, environment a partner of the performance, because the viewer may choose to focus more attention on the image opposite the performer. I will also talk about the technical, scenographic and educational way of presentation of these recordings and viewers’ reactions and opinions. 

A collection of Wojciech Olchowski’s ecoperformances recorded in immersive video format can be found at ecoperformance.olchowski.info.

Wojciech Olchowski
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Wojciech Olchowski is a doctoral student of immersive videos’ directing in Doctoral School of Lodz Film School. Currently, he is running the VR Science Club in Lodz Film School and is devoted to educating and developing students’ immersive video projects. He is the creator and producer of festival-presented immersive videos including Sector, awarded Best 360° Film at the 50 Sehsüchte Festival. Presently, he is shooting the creative documentary Inhibitor about human-nature relations. In October 2021, he will be starting an internship in Omnilab in Filmuniversitet Konrad Wolf Babelsberg in the field of mix-media production. He is also coordinator of the immersive media team in Erasmus XR international research and education programme and creative producer (Wajda School) and author of more than 100 short films created in international teams.