CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible)
a groundbreaking and immersive virtual reality experience from acclaimed director Alejandro G. Iñárritu
You are invited to journey through the Academy Award®-winning virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) — from acclaimed director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and Babel).
CARNE y ARENA explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Based on true accounts, the superficial lines between subject and bystander are blurred and bound together, as participants navigate through a vast space and live a fragment of the refugees’ personal journeys.
CARNE y ARENA reunited frequent collaborators Iñárritu and three-time Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. The work is a 20-minute immersive solo experience that employs state of the art technology to create a multi-sensory experience that pushes the boundaries of storytelling.
COVID SAFETY MEASURES
The spaces of CARNE y ARENA are designed for maximum capacity of three visitors at a time, with each visitor moving through their own room in such a way that limits interactions and respects social distancing measures. Masks are required for audience and staff at all times. Learn more here.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees.
Based on true accounts, the superficial lines between subject and bystander are blurred and bound together, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and thoroughly live a fragment of the refugees’s personal journeys. An immersive installation that reunites frequent collaborators Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki alongside producer Mary Parent and ILMxLAB, CARNE y ARENA is a twenty-minute journey centered around a virtual reality sequence experienced by three concurrent visitors in separate rooms that employs state-of-the-art immersive technology to create a multi-narrative light space with human characters. CARNE y ARENA premiered at the 70th Cannes Film Festival as the first virtual reality project to be featured in the festival's history.
“During the making of this project, I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many Mexican and Central American refugees,” Iñárritu said. “Their life stories haunted me, so I invited some of them to collaborate with me on the project. My intention was to experiment with VR technology to explore the human condition in an attempt to break the dictatorship of the frame—within which things are just observed—and claim the space to allow the visitor to go through a direct experience walking in the immigrants’ feet, under their skin, and into their hearts.”
In 2017, Iñárritu was presented a special Oscar® for CARNE y ARENA, recognized by the Academy as an exceptional storytelling experience.