Following its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Festival, London based art collective Marshmallow Laser Feast brings EVOLVER, their extraordinary, collaborative virtual reality experience, to Europe.
Narrated by Cate Blanchett, EVOLVER is produced by Edward. R. Pressman, Terrence Malick, Dirty Films and the famous French studio Atlas V, supported by Nicole Shanahan’s Bia-Echo Foundation, Fraunhofer MEVIS and Orange. The auspiciously conceived installation—a free-roaming, immersive journey through the breathing body—will appear exclusively at the 2022 Geneva International Film Festival from November 4 to 13.
Pushing the frontiers of film, technology and medical science, this mind-expanding work drops audiences into an unseen landscape, deep inside the human body. It follows the flow of oxygen from first intake of breath, around our complex, inner branching ecosystem, through to its origin, a single ‘breathing’ cell. It represents the life-affirming journey of just one among trillions of cells in every living being, all of which function thanks to the reciprocal act of respiration.
EVOLVER is presented by Bia-Echo Foundation. Its founder, Nicole Shanahan, has, along with The Buck Institute for Research on Aging’s Jennifer Garrison, acted as a scientific advisor for the project on the cutting-edge research being done by the Institute on Female Reproductive health. EVOLVER’s key scientific collaborator Fraunhofer MEVIS provided data sets and bodily scanning techniques that have informed every aspect of the project. In addition to MEVIS’ main mission, the Institute's scientists are committed to raising awareness about how digital medicine and related STEM sciences influence healthcare. They develop experiential projects at the intersection of science, art, and technology to reach new audiences, stimulate critical dialog between diverse stakeholders, and foster a diverse R&D landscape. Their data sets were vital to the development of EVOLVER, where they provided a range of custom assets, including full-body MRI scans and MRA exams of a volunteer, alongside blood flow data and consulting for CT scan assets, to form the project's core human body.