“Fully immersive, lights, music, interactivity, 3D space. Cool.” – Faizal Nafis
Although renowned for its impressive lineup of musical acts, Urbanscapes has never been about just the performances. This year, the creative arts festival has embarked on a mission to give revellers an audio-visual experience arguably like never before with Immersio, a foray into the tech and digital world by Paras Bunyi, Filamen and Berkhayal Di Kuala Lumpur.
Spearheaded by Faizal Nafis of Paras Bunyi, a multimedia revue group, Immersio currently utilises the entire First Floor of Urbanscapes House for an immersive and experiential audio-visual showcase. While Filamen transports visitors to an ethereal platform using light, sound and other paraphernalia, Berkhayal Di Kuala Lumpur takes partakers to a futuristic Kuala Lumpur via virtual reality, where you get to craft that masterpiece you’ve always wanted to.
Paras Bunyi, on the other hand, comes on during the weekends, when deejays and visual artists come together in a stimulating collaboration. We speak to Faizal Nafis of Paras Bunyi to find out more.
How did you get involved in the audio-visual scene?
I’ve organised so many club nights, and more and more of these club nights integrate visual shows. So we pitched an idea to Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival 2016 to host a multimedia show, and we won a grant.
How were you chosen to spearhead the Immersio project for Urbanscapes?
I oversee Paras Bunyi, which is part of the Immersio installation. I take an active role, but it’s more of a collaboration between the three installations.
What is your direction with Immersio? What is its theme?
Fully immersive, lights, music, interactivity, 3D space. Cool.
How did you come to choose Paras Bunyi, Filamen and Berkhayal di Kuala Lumpur to be a part of Immersio? What sets them apart from others in the industry you think?
It was Urbanscapes who curated the three partners to be part of Immersio, I was not involved in this decision. But the three of us worked really well together for the Immersio space. Great curation.
Apart from the obvious difference, what separates an audio-visual experience from an entirely visual or auditory one?
As for Paras Bunyi, we hope to give a physicality to the music. I want people to hear the music with their eyes, hence the name.
Catch Immersio on the First Floor of Urbanscapes House from now until 21st May 2017.
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