Immersive transformé exhibition champions courage and empathy

Richard Burnett

Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.

This article was updated on January 18, 2023.
OASIS immersion presents the world premiere of transformé, a completely immersive walkthrough experience inspired by real-life events and developed from works originally designed for virtual reality headsets.

 

Canada’s largest indoor immersive attraction, located on the ground floor of the Palais des congrès, OASIS immersion presents all-immersive temporary exhibitions inspired by the people, places and trends that shape our world. It is a walkable, no-contact experience featuring three immersive galleries, two dazzling light installations and a lounge area with café-bar and boutique, covering 2,200 m2 (over 21,500 ft2).

 

Visual and aural journey

Transformé is a fascinating voyage rooted in real-life stories which champion the power of courage and empathy. The 80-minute interactive walkthrough exhibition spans eight works originally designed for virtual reality headsets, and which were reformatted for this show to create a collective public experience.

“The transformé exhibition sprang from a desire to explore the idea of converging individual-based virtual reality immersion with our own Oasis brand of collective immersion, to build a narrative around shifting our perspective to others’ point of view, so we may recognize how powerful a force courage and empathy are in our lives,” explains OASIS immersion CEO and cofounder Denys Lavigne.

 

Humanity and virtual reality

This fascinating tribute to the virtual reality industry welcomes visitors into the heart of the human experience by addressing contemporary issues like mental health, compassion, inequality, diversity and wonder.

Visitors explore the venue’s three galleries, each with its own set of deeply experiential and emotional narratives developed from works originally designed for virtual reality headsets by international award-winning artists and creators. The digital creations are a dazzling and transfixing journey of sights and sounds

This writer’s two favourite works are the Japanese-made Tokyo Light Odyssey about life in the world’s biggest city, and from South Africa, Container, which explores modern-day slavery.

Transformé is a thoughtful and provocative experience which always offers an inspiring perspective into the power of courage and empathy.

 

Tickets and schedule

OASIS immersion presents transformé Thursdays through Saturdays. The experience runs approximately 80 minutes. Departures are available every 20 minutes. Tickets available via oasis.im or ticketpro.ca. It is highly recommended to arrive onsite 10 minutes prior to your scheduled start, as indicated on your ticket.

Richard Burnett

Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.

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