The Garden of Thoughts (Le Jardin des Pensées)

The Garden of Thoughts (Le Jardin des Pensées)

The Garden of Thoughts (Le Jardin des Pensées)

Leave the outer world for a while, take a deep breath and be part of the garden of thoughts. Relax and let yourself be immersed into this VR universe. Get a glimpse of a peaceful place, at the intersection of art, sound and tactility.

The Garden of Thoughts (Le Jardin des Pensées) is a VR experience and spatial experience that inspires calm and reflection. In the experience the digital and the analogue worlds are interwoven through classic 2D-animation, collaborative embroidery and virtual reality technology.

The experience is based on the story of a little flower's journey through life; how it grows from a dark, loveless start, through different experiences to a life in full bloom. As the flower grows, its environment changes and it gets evident how we’re all connected…

In March 2018 "The Garden of Thoughts" was nominated to the Pixel Film Festival VR Award.

The first version of the experience was shown at Nordisk Panorama Film Festival in Malmö, Sweden, September 22-24, 2017.

A second version was shown at the VR Section at Stockholm International Film Festival/Industry Day, November 14th, 2017.

The experience has also been shown at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg at the culture festival "Nordiska Nätter - Framtiden", organized by Kunskapsklubben (Folkuniversitetet) and Helsingborgs Stad, November 11, 2017, The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Malmö, March, 2018, Future Tech Now, London and Pixel Film Festival in April, 2018..

The Garden of Thoughts (Le jardin des pensées) is a co-production with Boost Hbg and Film i Skåne.

The installation is a co-production with the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival and Boost Hbg.

Credits:

Concept and script, VR-experience (made in Unity), set design (the installation), illustrations, embroidery design, experience design and graphic design by Pernilla Belfrage.

Music by Carmen Rizzo, www.carmenrizzo.com and Gustaf Spetz, www.gustafspetz.com. Thanks for letting me use your beautiful music!

Thank you my amazing counsellors; Jakob la Cour (Interaction artist, http://jakoblacour.com), Bjarke Pedersen (Experience designer, https://www.participation.design), Katy Newton (Experience designer, http://www.katynewton.com), Peter Caddock and Johan Källberg (Unity gurus) and the crew at Boost Hbg and Nordisk Panorama Film Festival.

Last, but most importantly - thank you everyone that has participated in the project by embroidering!

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Galleri Format, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 23-24, 2017.  © Pernilla Belfrage. 

 Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Galleri Format, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 23-24, 2017.  © Pernilla Belfrage. 

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Galleri Format, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 23-24, 2017.  © Pernilla Belfrage. 

 Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Galleri Format, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 23-24, 2017.  © Pernilla Belfrage. 

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Galleri Format, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 23-24, 2017.  © Pernilla Belfrage. 

 Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Galleri Format, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 23-24, 2017.  © Pernilla Belfrage. 

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Galleri Format, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 23-24, 2017.  © Pernilla Belfrage. 

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Inkonst, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 22, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

Photo by Jakob la Cour.

 Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Inkonst, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 22, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Inkonst, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 22, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

 Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Inkonst, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 22, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

Le jardin des pensées/Unfolding at Inkonst, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival on September 22, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage Photo by Sara Perfekt.

The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage Photo by Sara Perfekt.

 The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage Photo by Sara Perfekt.

The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage Photo by Sara Perfekt.

 The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

The garden of thoughts at Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg on November 11, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The garden of thoughts at Stockholm Film Festival, Stockholm on November 14th, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

The garden of thoughts at Stockholm Film Festival, Stockholm on November 14th, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The garden of thoughts at Stockholm Film Festival, Stockholm on November 14th, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

The garden of thoughts at Stockholm Film Festival, Stockholm on November 14th, 2017. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The garden of thoughts at The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Malmö on March 13th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

The garden of thoughts at The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Malmö on March 13th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The garden of thoughts at The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Malmö on March 13th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

The garden of thoughts at The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Malmö on March 13th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The garden of thoughts at The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Malmö on March 13th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

The garden of thoughts at The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Malmö on March 13th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The Garden of Thoughts at Future Tech Now, London April 5th-7th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

The Garden of Thoughts at Future Tech Now, London April 5th-7th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The Garden of Thoughts at Future Tech Now, London April 5th-7th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

The Garden of Thoughts at Future Tech Now, London April 5th-7th, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The Garden of Thoughts at Pixel Film Festival, Biograf Panora, Malmö April 21st, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

The Garden of Thoughts at Pixel Film Festival, Biograf Panora, Malmö April 21st, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The Garden of Thoughts at Pixel Film Festival, Biograf Panora, Malmö April 21st, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

The Garden of Thoughts at Pixel Film Festival, Biograf Panora, Malmö April 21st, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

 The Garden of Thoughts at Pixel Film Festival, Biograf Panora, Malmö April 21st, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage

The Garden of Thoughts at Pixel Film Festival, Biograf Panora, Malmö April 21st, 2018. © Pernilla Belfrage