Programme

The Crystal reef interactive

Lauren Knapp / Cody Karutz

USA, 2016 / min / English OV / VR Experience

A rocky reef off the coast of Italy demonstrates the future of climate change. 

A rocky reef off the coast of Italy, “The Crystal Reef”, demonstrates the future of climate change. The film takes the audience on a dive with Dr. Fiorenza Micheli to learn about ocean acidification and how human-produced carbon dioxide will turn all the world’s oceans into “the ocean moonscape.” The user takes the perspective of a marine scientist and conducts a population survey underwater by using hand controllers to swim through a digital replica of the reefs of Italy.

 

"The Crystal Reef" is a story that aims to popularise the marine sciences and raise consciousness to the complexity of climate change and ocean acidification. Viewers are brought down underwater using virtual reality and are presented with a visual metaphor of what the oceans will look like in a future affected by climate change.

 

Afterwards, viewers can follow up with “The Crystal Reef: Interactive”, a companion piece to the 360-degree video. By using the completely immersive HTC Vive, users can experience content presented in the first piece but in a more interactive and dynamic way.

 

“The Crystal Reef” is a pioneering collaboration between Stanford University and the Hopkins Marine Station under funded research from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

 

 

Screening dates: From 2nd to 12th March 2017

Opening Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11am – 7pm.
  • Thursday: 11am – 11pm.
  • Closed on Tuesdays

Venue: ground floor of the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain

Free admission to the ground floor of the Casino Luxembourg with access to the “BlackBox” exhibition room, the “Aquarium” and the ca(fé)sino. Free Night every Thursday from 6pm to 11pm.

 

Screenings
Mon 06/02 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sun 12/02 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Thu 02/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 11pm Public
Fri 03/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sat 04/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sun 05/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Wed 08/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Thu 09/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 11pm Public
Fri 10/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public
Sat 11/03 11:00 Casino Luxembourg from 11am to 7pm Public

“You can almost feel the bubbles tickling you as they rise from the corals, and I have a powerful urge to reach out and touch the fish as they swim by” Alice Bonasio, Newsweek, 12/05/2016

 

“What if you had a crystal ball, and that crystal ball showed you exactly what the oceans and the world would look like in a future affected by climate change?” Cody Karutz, Newsweek, 12/05/2016

Cast & Credits
Cinematographer 
Cody Karutz
Production 
Lauren Knapp / Cody Karutz / Jeremy Bailenson
Distribution 
Stanford University, Cody Karutz
Biography

Cody Karutz has over a decade of virtual reality content design experience. Currently finishing his MS in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, Cody works at the intersections of conservation psychology, informal education, and computer science.

Lauren Knapp is a non-fiction storyteller who works across platforms to share true and compelling stories. She recently won the “Emerging Director of a Documentary Feature” award for her feature length documentary “Live from UB” from the Asian American International Film Festival.