A Thousand Voices

8 Sep 2022 – 11 Sep 2022

Regular hours

Thu, 08 Sep
11:00 – 19:00
Fri, 09 Sep
11:00 – 19:00
Sat, 10 Sep
15:00 – 21:00
Sun, 11 Sep
11:00 – 19:00

Free admission

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Arrupe Hall, Farm Street Church.

England, United Kingdom

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A Thousand Voices.

A unique Virtual Reality and Art exhibition on the fascinating life story of 97 year old Ukrainian, World War and Gulag survivor, Ivanna Masczcack.

The VR consists of 2 separate works. "I Look for them" and "Be that Ocean”


"A Thousand Voices".

The VR work "I look for them" invites the participant to follow Ivanna through het memories as she  recalls her time in interrogation, transportation across Russia, the sea crossing, and her time in the coastal Gulag camp at Magadan.

The VR work "Be that Ocean" immerse the participant in a dynamic virtual landscape, inviting embodied reasonance with the experiential of Ivanna's journey and incarceration.

Developed over the last five years . The heart and mind of this exceptional human being opened up in this period of extensive interviews, filming and social interaction revealing Ivanna's core strength.

Presented by the LIBá Collective: Senior lecturer in Film, Dominic Green, Principal Lecturer in Media Arts, Danny Bacchus of Sheffield Hallam University and multidisciplinary artist Marcel Schreur.

The LIBá Collective has been exploring the themes of "presence" and "survival" for eight years, creating a range of Multi-disciplinary artworks, participatory events, and immersive installations.

A Thousand voices mirrors Ivanna's dedication and pain to give a voice to the "thousands upon thousands" who did not survive the atrocities committed by the communist regime.

20 million people were sent to Kolyma, Siberia in unimaginable circumstances. 
2 million of them did not come back.

Saturday the 10th of September at 19:30, a reception and introduction by the creator of the VR works Danny Bacchus of Sheffield Hallam University and Ivanna herself.


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