This immersive VR prototype invites viewers to explore a mysterious afterlife world based on the paintings and music of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, precursor of multimedia artists and one of the pioneers of abstract art in Europe – the most famous Lithuanian creator. This meditative VR animation observes and interacts with the surroundings during visually stunning day-night cycles. Starting a journey as a human being, the viewer soon realises that he is an angel who contemplates the states of life, death and merging with the universe. The surrounding reacts to viewer’s glance, bringing it closer towards the original looks of the paintings. The project is an addition to the exposition at M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art.
Čiurlionis VR Museum has already achieved some notable success as it was chosen in the Virtual Reality program of the 75th Venice International Film Festival.
The production team is from Asterman. The development of the prototype lasted around 2 years in total from the idea to its final implementation, although some minor works are still ongoing. The technology behind the prototype is HTC VIVE. Besides own investment and Cross Motion project, the prototype also received funding form the National Film Fund.
The testing process was mainly done in house during the development process. After the initial versions it was tested during various conferences, governmental presentations, and now continuing its journey through different film festivals that have the VR section. During presentations the developer noticed that the VR experience has very comforting effect on it’s users. Therefore, at the moment there are plans to use it for enhancing psychological conditions giving more calmness to the people. The prototype is also a basis for future works in actualising paintings, developing educational and tourism products from artistic creations.
Videoexperience of the prototype