Save Your Money, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Elon Musk. You don’t have to be a billionaire to take a trip to space. And as fun as it can be to sit next to Miss Piggy for a reboot of Pigs in space, it’s really not that hard to go where not
pork the man came before. Thanks to INFINITY, traveling to the outer limits – or at least out of this world – is quite achievable at Sawyer Yards.
THE INFINITE, the first multisensory and interactive virtual reality experience to transport visitors aboard the International Space Station, has landed in Houston for a limited run, making its debut in the United States after its inaugural run in Montreal. Produced by INFINITY EXPERIENCES, a joint venture of PHI Studio and Felix & Paul Studios, THE INFINITE redefines the boundaries of user experience by allowing visitors to roam freely inside a life-size replica of the space station, bringing the audience feeling like they are in space like never before.
The 12,500 square feet. The exhibit is an extension of the recent Primetime Emmy Award-winning immersive series, Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, the largest production ever shot in space, produced in association with TIME Studios. Shot over a span of nearly three years and producing over 200 hours of premium virtual reality footage, the immersive series documents the lives of eight international astronauts inside and outside the space station.
“PHI really specializes in contextualization. We see Felix & Paul’s content as art, so we wanted to develop an installation, or in this case, a large-scale exhibition where we could bring this content to the fore, ”said Eric Albert, CEO of PHI Center.
THE INFINITE includes footage of the very first cinematic spacewalk captured in 3D, 360 ° virtual reality shot outside the space station on September 12, 2021, in addition to offering visitors a self-directed experience on board from the space station itself. Throughout the 60-minute journey, visitors’ senses will be enriched by the interactivity between physical objects, virtual reality, multimedia art, soundscapes, light design and even the subtle scents of a forest – evoking memories of stargazing lying on the grass.
The experience itself begins with a “ride” in an elevator that takes you to a spaceship, then you are fitted with goggles, complete with audio kits, which provide a truly unique experience. Then, when you’re ready, the guides lead you to a room where you’re free to explore at your leisure.
Clumsy people like me shouldn’t worry. The sensors built into the glasses prevent you from bumping into other participants or walls … “Clarice Versus Buffalo Bill: Space Orbit Edition” during the first few minutes due to the virtual reality aspect. Just give it a few minutes – the disorientation will pass.
And that’s where the real fun begins.
The story is meant to be lived in four parts, according to Stéphane Rituit, CEO of Felix & Paul Studios. Each segment lends its own narrative to the global saga of the space station.
“The first part is about adaptation. You go through different phases of adaptation and different testimonies. The second is about the progress of science. The third phase is more about unity. And the fourth part is about the future of space exploration, “he says.
There are lots of gadgets and gazmos. Look to your left, and there’s a watch floating in zero gravity that you can wipe with your hand. Take a step to the right and you accidentally exit the virtual walls of the space station and float just outside of it.
It’s an adventurer’s dream come true.
As guests explore the virtual world, they will encounter shiny little orbs. While physically passing through the orb, it activates the glasses and speakers to report what the astronauts are going through. There are stories of life in zero gravity and the fun it can bring, the quest to advance science and exploration, and a comprehensive understanding that Earth is not a place of borders but rather that we are. all part of the human race.
Albert added: “I think an important element is the human aspect of space exploration. When you look at Earth from a distance, there’s this thing called the “big picture effect,” which astronauts describe as a great feeling. So if we can get people to feel this we will be very happy. “
The “big picture effect” might be a new term to some, which is why a quick Wikipedia search describes it this way: is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of Earth in space, which is immediately understood as a small fragile ball of life, “suspended in the void”, protected and nourished by an atmosphere as thin as paper. The effect can also invoke a sense of transcendence and connection with humanity as a whole, from which national borders seem insignificant. “
When traveling in THE INFINITE, the effect of the big picture is undeniable, as is the limitless possibilities to learn and discover.
The experience setup offers over 60 orbs to activate, which cannot be accomplished in a single trip. Anyone can go for the first time and have an experience, and come back next time for a whole new experience by activating another set of orbs.
And just when you think you’ve seen it all, THE INFINITE is hosting an encore with The Universe in the Universe, created by Ryoji Ikeda, with support from Norimichi Hirakawa, Ryo Shiraki, Tomonaga Tokuyama and commissioned by INFINITY EXPERIENCES.
In a ten-minute loop, Ikeda’s audiovisual installation invites us to question the facets and hidden structures of nature, which propels the viewer on an immersive journey from the microscopic to the macroscopic and beyond.
In summary, THE INFINITE lets you experience and see as if you were there on the space station – with no astronaut training required. The visual quality is at the top. It’s believable in the truest sense of the word. The stories are compelling enough to make a grown man cry. This is virtual reality at its best. And it’s right here in the garden of Space City. The overall experience should be enjoyed whenever possible.
As for safety measures, masks are mandatory, and glasses are disinfected after each use. People with reduced mobility can also participate. Parking is ample, but RSVPs are not. Seats fill up quickly, so buy tickets as early as possible if you want to enjoy the experience.
You really have to see it to figure it out, but this video could better help capture what THE INFINITE looks like.
THE INFINITE is located at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards. For more information, ticket prices and hours of availability, visit theinfiniteexperience.world. The exhibit is slated to stay in town until mid-February.