Makropol creates art that make the cinematic, visual universe spacial and explorable – ever since we released our first VR installation, ‘Skammekrogen’ in 2014 – up until today where our latest work “End of Night” was awarded “Best Immersive Story” at the 2021 Venice Bienale.
Our audiences are always transported physically and emotionally into our pieces, and they gain deep, lasting experiences. We create an immersive environment and storytelling experience that the audience can touch and impact. We move our audience; spiritually, emotionally – and physically.
The Russian film director Andrej Tarkovskij said, that film is sculpting in time. We find it necessary to expand the art of film to make it encompass the spatial aspect – to sculpt both time and space. In order to realize this, we must work consistently and across several artistic disciplines.
Thus, a new artistic format is founded – spacial cinema – and we wish to create the best conditions for its continuous growth and development. This includes fundamental research, talent development and knowledge sharing and first and foremost, new works of art that interact with its audience.
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”Honeymoon in Pompeii” is a trans media art project initiated by artist and filmmaker Sven Vinge and Makropol. Sven is an award-winning film director who works in both narrative fiction and documentary. He has taught dramaturgy and screenwriting at the national Film Schools in Denmark and Norway. His most recent film, the feature-length documentary “In My Father’s Hands” premiered in Danish cinemas in the spring of 2018 to critical acclaim.
“Honeymoon in Pompeii” has two objectives:
Especially the plaster casts of the Pompeii citizens who died during the eruption of Mont Vesuvius in 79 AD combined with a literal reading of Strindberg’s “A Dreamplay” has inspired the idea of “Honeymoon in Pompeii” in which Sven explores love taken to its idealistic summit:
A young couple decides to freeze their love in the absolute and have a cast made of them while making love. The audience is invited to inspect the sculpture of the young couple and their tragic end through a short film, a literary short story/letter written by the couple, and a short narrative film but they’ll also have the opportunity to actually involve themselves in the couple’s final act in a Virtual Reality installation using the newest volumetric recording technology.
Today Makropol is proud to announce our new 3-year research project called SCULPTING IN TIME AND SPACE.
Supported by The Nordic Filmfund and The Danish Innovationfund, we have partnered up with Aalborg University and The Royal Danish Filmschool to map and analyse how cinematic XR is utilizing new technologies, installation techniques and performance design to bring audiences deep in to new narratives and universes.
We believe that this is a crucial time for our industry to really understand the full potential of XR and we hope the knowledge generated from this research will help grow a sustainable ecosystem within immersive media production.
To kickoff the project and to introduce the industry PhD researcher Camilla Jaller to the “best of the best”, we went to The Venice Bienale to explore the current state of the art within XR storytelling.
Fllow the research here-> sculptingintimeandspace.com
For the first time ever, The National Filmschool decided to give the senior students a taste of how their skills as storytellers could translate in to a new medium. Makropol was asked to guide them through a week of exploration and production of “physical” films that would create embodyment for the audience and become installations in their own right.
The results where ambitious, funny, touching and thought provoking. Beware of these new talents, they are not afraid of anything!
Our production The Shared Individual had the chance to be screened at the Royal Theater of Denmark, so we grabbed the chance and set it up for one night only. Even though the critic that reviewed the performance didn’t transcend, we had wonderful reactions to the experience. And now we can say we are part of the 1 heart club.
Thanks to everyone involved, especially Copenhagen Streaming for saving the live feed 1 minute before showstart! Copenhagen Streaming
Together with DR we just released this little VR film. Its what we call a DISASTER FORECAST.
Directed by Johan Knattrup Jensen
Sounddesign by Brian Dyrby
VFX by IAN from Slowmotion FX.
Shot on Nokia OZO
A CO-CREATED VIRTUAL REALITY EXHIBITION
-> Do you want to work with established and pioneering artists?
-> Do you want to help shape new methods for creative collaboration?
-> Do you want to be part of a movement towards new horizons in interactive art?
MAKROPOL is inviting talented, curious and enthusiastic people to participate in our pioneering project: TRAVERSE. During 14 days in the beginning of May 2017 five specially invited and established Nordic artists will collaborate on developing and creating a grand virtual reality exhibition for CLICK festival. The final works will be exhibited at a major Danish art gallery.
TRAVERSE is an annual laboratory that aims at developing alternative cross media productions and methodologies for artistic collaboration, as well as designing novel encounters between art and its audience.
Become part of the team
We are looking for students, nerds, creative minds, hardcore amateurs and newcomers alike, in order to establish a pool of resources that can assist and take part in the visions of the five artists. You will work side by side with the artists and help shape the creative processes and the final art works.
We need people who have experience with:
Coding and programming, 3D graphics, game design, sound design, the performing arts, installation art, light design, stage design.
We also need:
Producers, assistants, project coordinators, process analysts, communication specialists.
Apply before 26/3-2017
If you want to get involved send us a brief description of yourself along with your CV. Tell us why you want to be part of the project and what skills you can offer. The five artists will handpick the people they need for their productions.
After 2 weekends of screening DOOM ROOM at Chateau Motel in Copenhagen, Doom Room is now showing 4 more nights. The massive interest and great reviews have reminded us that there is a large audience hungry for new types of experiences. Ones that are neither, theater nor film, neither art nor commercial. Experiences that in them selves justify their own existence. This will not be forgotten.
Makropol is growing – fast. And we are looking for dedicated talent to join our team. With several major projects already in production and more to come, we are looking to hire independent individuals that are ready to be busy, and able to think on their feet. Makropol is a production facility that churns out a wide variety of content, from VR fiction and documentary to art installations and interactive live events. See makropol.dk for a list of projects.
Makropol is lead by director Johan Knattrup Jensen and producer Mads Damsbo, with Darshika Karanuhara as head of Education.
NEW MEDIA LINEPRODUCER
We are looking for an experienced and hardworking producer that is up for a challenge. We are good at financing projects but we need help controlling our budgets and keeping track of all our ideas. We need someone that wants to learn how to produce content and experiences in a new digital reality, but that at the same time has experience in producing in the old analogue one.
We are open to provide production facilities for a new producer’s own ideas, so that we can fully integrate you as a Makropol producer. For more information about the job, feel free to contact Mads Damsbo at +45 61606164 firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a fabulous geek? Do you love fiddling with new tech and invent weird contraptions that solve problems? Do you like cameras and do you know your way around any OS and can adapt to any interface? Do you like putting things in their place and keeping yourself updated? Then you might be perfect for this job.
We are always coming up with new workflows and methods for creating our experiences, and we need someone to help invent, run, and coordinate this playground, so we dont waste time reinventing the wheel every time.
This job begins now! Depending on your availability of course.
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST (UX DESIGNER)
You are creative with code. You are not hardcore, but a generalist, ready to imagine how any idea could be solved. You have experience in interaction design and/or game design and you have a strong opinion about aesthetics. You are ready to build a prototype in 24 hours to prove a point, and you are comfortable with running af team of developers.
Job begins from November 1st. (Own hardware is a plus.)
All terms and salaries will be negotiated in light of qualifications and commitment. Send your application to email@example.com
DEADLINE for application is Monday the 24th of October, interviews will be held immediately after.
You are hovering above a broad river, with lush fields to each
of your sides. You slowly start to float forward. As you climb
the side of the river, the landscape changes from the dark
green, fertile fields into a dry and impoverished landscape.
This is Malawi. A nation of contrast. A nation in dire need of
food. A nation going through what’s been called, the ‘slow,
silent disaster’. Due to several factors, like a flood last
year, and a drought this year, the crops have failed, and the
government has declared the need of food a national crisis.
One hour from the river lives Edward, his wife, and their 6
children, in a house surrounded by a garden. This was once a
paradise. But as everything else around here, the garden is no
longer a garden, but a desert with a few once green tops of
As part of the NEXT platform in Cannes during what is called VR days, Makropol will be screening the brand new EWA pilot and a special multiple serving of the Doghouse.
So come by the NEXT pavillion monday the 16th of May from 10 am get inside the head of someone else, and leave your body in Cannes.
See the full Line up here -> link
mads damsbo – Founder and lead producer
With a background in film and media directing and with a passion for technology and experience design, Mads has found himself involved in a wide variety of alternative projects exploring the frontier of new media storytelling. He considers himself a craftsman and creative producer, and sometimes an artist and conceptual junkie.
mikkel skov – Producer
Mikkel, an experienced digital producer and business innovation strategist, was lured in to circus Makropol through the TRAVERSE workshop and subsequently decided to pursue the idea of being a full time XR producer. Now, as a major player in the studio – he still doesn’t know exactly what this means. But who does?
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | +45 31 41 62 49
balder brüsch – Creative Technologist.
Ever since Balder ran away from circus he has been looking for a new one. At Makropol he found the digital kind. As the technical ringmaster, he now has to juggle every idea that is thrown his way, all the while he has to balance on the ridge between his need for thoroughness and the idea’s potential for disaster.
Contact: email@example.com | +45 60 64 87 52
david adler – XR director
Graduated from the Royal Danish Filmschool, as an animation director, David always felt there was something missing in his storytelling toolbox. Then he entered the world of extended reality. Here he soon realized that he could let his audience live inside his stories and that the potential for emotional impact was wast and unexplored. He has not looked back since.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | +45 30 59 00 65
mads michelsen – Immersive sound designer
With a background as a composer and musician, Mads approaches everything he does with a great sense of precision and attention to detail and quality. He is a perfectionist and aesthetic to the bone and has a deep passion for 3D sound and sound in general.
camilla jaller – Industrial PhD
Funded by the Innovation Fund and Nordisk Film Fund, Camilla is digging deep in to the dimensions of extended realities and embodied cinema in this 3-year research project, aptly titled SCULPTING IN TIME AND SPACE. Follow her work here.
peter hjorth – VFX
As the eccentric professor of visual effects and creative use of technology, Peter refuses to think small and challenges every concept and idea at Makropol to find the exact point of progression. With his 30 years of experience as visual effects supervisor on major feature films like Melancholia and Antichrist we dare not oppose, instead we listen and learn – and get things DONE.
Because DONE is the engine of more.
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