New Commissions for 2015 - Sheffield International Documentary Festival

5 Jun 2015 – 6 Jun 2015

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FRI 05 JUN, 12:00 - 19:00, CASTLE HOUSE
SAT 06 JUN - WED 10 JUN, 11:00 - 19:00, CASTLE HOUSE

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Castle House

Sheffield, United Kingdom


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This year we have two brand new commissions from artists Heather Phillipson and Oscar Raby. The works will be featured in two new venues across the city. The first being in Castle House, an abandoned department store in the heart of Sheffield, and the second in our new VR Arcade at Site Gallery.


FINAL DAYS is Artist Heather Phillipson’s newly commissioned video and sculptural installation for Castle House, a defunct department store in Sheffield city centre, posits real-life shopping as a now inoperative, disembodied landscape. 

Structured episodically, FINAL DAYS suite of 6 videos, shown on clustered monitors, functions as sequential ‘departments’ (bedroom, underwear, towels and textiles, hosiery, office and special offers) – each one a means to conjure – or depart from – social, personal and intimate scenarios, now physically absent.

Bringing together screens, audio bleeds and material conglomerations that resemble packaging, stacking and merchandise, FINAL DAYS combines the technological bombardment of a televisual retail arena with the unboxed promise of an online warehouse.

FINAL DAYS is commissioned by Sheffield Doc/Fest, with support from Arts Council England. Presented in partnership with University of Sheffield and Serpentine Galleries and Forma Arts.


Hola World is a brand new work from Digital Artist Oscar Raby, who returns to Doc/Fest havaing won the Audience Award last year for his Virtual Reality project Assent. This new piece, also for the Oculus Rift and comissioned in partnership with Crossover and Site Gallery, has been supported by The Arts Council.

In this interactive immersive experience, multimedia artist Oscar Raby presents a psychedelic journey through a digital Arcadia. Using a virtual reality headset, the audience is transported to a tropical Utopia, only to encounter the detritus of the digital revolution. Beat-driven and primeval, Hola World is an hallucinatory exploration of a jungle landscape that reflects the world’s growing electronic waste problem.

FRI 05 JUN, 12:00 - 17:30, SITE GALLERY
SAT 06 JUN - WED 10 JUN, 11:00 - 17:30, SITE GALLERY

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