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2010 Redfish Merang Virtual Reality Spectacle Returns to Shuswap – Salmon Arm Observer

Award-winning cinematic experiences, like Adams River’s sockeye salmon featured on Uninterrupted, are returning from Vancouver and spawning a series of virtual reality shows on Shuswap.

In 2010, internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild was one of nearly 160,000 people who stood on the banks of the Adams River. There she witnessed a staggering run of about four million sockeye salmon, which migrated more than 600 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean to spawn.

It was with that life-changing experience and the subsequent capture of amazing red and green salmon with a very special underwater camera that she and her three collaborators began their journey. They created a monumental public spectacle – Uninterrupted – that showed salmon streaming down Vancouver’s Cumbie Street Bridge in high-tech footage.

Conceived and directed by Wilde, with editor Michael Brockington, and producers Ray Hull and Betsy Carson, 2017’s uninterrupted spectacle was transformed into a virtual reality (VR) experience, immersing 20 spectators in salmon. immersed in their return journey, each donning their own VR headset and sitting in their own swivel chair. Screenings are open to the public from age 8 to he age 88 and over.

Uninterrupted includes the voice of the revered Neskonlith elder, Mary Thomas, who died in 2007, telling the story of salmon in Secwépemc Secwepemctsin. Wilde has said that her voice is still an integral part of her version of Virtual Her Reality, woven into the soundscape.

At Quaaout Lodge in North Shuswap on October 26th and 27th, Red Barn in Sicamous on October 28th and 29th, and Song Sparrow Hall in Salmon Arm, a pair of goggles that allowed spectators to see UninterruptedVR. 5, and finally the Salmon Arm Art Gallery from November 8th to December 10th (image by Canada Wild Productions)

Uninterrupted VR will be at Quaaout Lodge, Skwlax (near Chase, North Shuswap) on October 26 and 27, Red Barn Arts Center in Sicamous on October 28 and 29, and October 28 and 29. Begins at Song Sparrow Hall in Salmon Arm and transitions through Shuswap. November 3rd, 4th and 5th.

There are typically six 30-minute viewings per day at three locations, with some variation. The first is at 10:15 am and the last is at 7:30 pm with an intermission.

20 headset viewings on November 3 at 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 5pm, 6:15pm and 7:30pm each at The Salmon Arm is done.

November 4th is a special day with a public open-air market at Song Sparrow Hall from 5pm to 5pm.

Open to the public on November 4th at 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, and 4:00pm.

Screenings on November 5th at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 17:30 and 17:30.

Complimentary tickets to visit the Salmon Arm are available online at Eventbrite for the Salmon Arm.

Sicamous at the Red Barn offers six viewings over two days. Free tickets are available online at Sicamous’s Eventbrite.

Free tickets are also available on Eventbrite to view at Skwlax’s Quaaout Lodge on October 26th and 27th.

Upon completion of the Shuswap tour, four UninterruptedVR headsets will be placed at the Salmon Arm Arts Center from November 8th to December 10th as part of the water-themed exhibition Séwllkwe.

Wild talks excitedly about UninterruptedVR and Digital Salmon’s return to Shuswap.

“The bridge is amazing, it can hold 400 to 1,800 people at a time and it was amazing. , it’s not all imbued with soundscapes either, it’s like a sapphire out there beautiful.

“And best of all, we’ve worked with these amazing magicians who are creative technologists and developers who work exclusively in VR. They just added magic. It’s been really, really exciting.” ”

UninterruptedVR is an integral part of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association or TOTA’s 7 Celebrations – Reconnect in the Thompson Okanagan.

With this year’s dominant orchid facing significant challenges, Wilde said people around the world have even more reason to experience the wonders of salmon.

“We have a mission. And our mission is to captivate people in all their splendor. we go crazy
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The beauty of 2010 Adams River sockeye salmon flowing through Uninterrupted, a cinematic spectacle projected onto Vancouver's Cambie Street Bridge in 2017.  (Anthony Diehl Image)

The beauty of 2010 Adams River sockeye salmon flowing through Uninterrupted, a cinematic spectacle projected onto Vancouver’s Cambie Street Bridge in 2017. (Anthony Diehl Image)