This film can be experienced via mobile phone, Google Box or standalone VR headsets. Use headphones for the best audio quality. Ensure the resolution settings are 360 and 4K for best quality viewing.
This 360 VR work was made by Kantanka in 2019/20 as part of a Creative Development of new VR works, supported by Create NSW (through the 360 Vision fund).
Step into the street and gardens of Lenticular Realities. Alissar Chidiac, Bint at Khayat, remembering small stories, openning bigger ones. A personal detail, a physical place, a texture fabric.
Expanding and abstracting and disappearing. After hearing Ghassan Hage speak of lenticular reality as "the diaspora experience of being in the realm of more than one place at the same time - imagining a space of woven light, tatreez warp and welt, intersecting multiple situatedness with temporal trajectories.Family heritage intersection with our sites of contemporary political cultural heritage. Gadigal. Redfern. Tarabulus. Dharug. Burramatta. Granville.
Beyond dualities to multiple identities, layering herstories within locations.
Mundane streets with potent intersections.
A challenge 360 storytelling, can I collage and merge all these realms?
A challenge of now. the present tense, what is my voice, a woman in her sixties?
Stepping into myself. Stepping into suits and sites of lenticular realities.
Writer/Performer: Alissar Chidiac
Directro: Carlos Gomes
Editing/Post Production: Sam James
Music Composition: Gail Priest
This project was supported by
Australia Council for the Arts
The Prophet Restaurant on 274 Cleveland Street
Arab Theatre Studio
Ghassan Hage's concept
My family ancestry in Redfern on Cadigal Land, especially Antoun and May Chidiac