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MS Piłsudski – Polish Titanic in the virtual theater of history




We invite the audience to join us on a multisensory voyage to the wreck of the finest Polish ocean liner MS Piłsudski. Thanks to VR technology we will immerse in the beautiful and mysterious underwater world to be bewitched  with the great art of pantomime theater actors and surrealist elements of the symbolism of the historical message. This virtual story of the Polish Titanic, rich in emotional moments and magical experiences, will disclose to us the history of the vessel and the history of Poland which regained independence 100 years ago.




What is the VR Theatre?

The Virtual Theatre of History consists of 20 swivel armchairs equipped with the latest Samsung Gear VR sets and surrounded with underwater scenery.

Once they have put on VR glasses, viewers will be transferred to an underwater world, created by graphic designers,  in which the action of the spectacle is set. Physically staying in one place, viewers find themselves at the bottom of the North Sea where the wreck rests and the possibilities offered by the VR technology give them an impression of having an actual underwater adventure combined with a magical world of illusion.


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VR Theatre Plan

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Place and time of the event:

Chicago / The Polish Museum of America in Chicago / 2–6 December 2018

London / Józef Piłsudski Institute in London / 2–6 November 2018


Project elements:

1. VR technology spectacle with Samsung Gear glasses (duration 7 minutes).
With the help of virtual reality we will take the viewers on an underwater voyage twenty  nautical miles to the south east of the Flamborough Cape where  the wreck of the ocean liner MS Piłsudski rests at the depth of thirty meters.

The viewers will become part of the story. They will be taken one hundred years back to hear how Poland regained independence, to learn about the successes of the Second Republic, to see the modernity and luxury of the finest of Polish ocean liners..

The spectacle will be based mostly on emotions and visual impressions. The voice over will provide but slogan-like information, highlighting nevertheless the historical message carried by the ship built after Poland regained independence which ceased to exist together with it in 1939,  with the outbreak of World War II. Viewers will experience the complex history of Poland to finally learn that in spite of many historically difficult moments Poles have always been able to rise and are today a modern, developing nation, with rich culture which they can present with the help of innovative technologies.


2. Form of presentation
The spectacle is a multisensory experience. 
The glasses worn by the viewers take them fully into the presented world. The picture surrounds the viewers (360 degrees) extending below and above their heads. The audience sit in comfortable swivel chairs letting them follow the picture  evolving in VR technology.


3. Trailer and 10-minute film introducing the assumptions of the project to the audience during the first-night presentation
The premiere of the spectacle will commence with a documentary combining elements of an animated underwater world with archival materials (pictures and films from the National Digital Archives and the National Audiovisual Institute – National Film Archive). The film speaks about the idea underpinning the project and its production, introducing the viewer to the subject of the VR spectacle.


4. ‘The World of Tomorrow – Poland’ catalogue
Prior to the premiere of the spectacle the viewers will receive the catalogue entitled ‘The World of Tomorrow – Poland’ in which they will find information about the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence, the idea underpinning the MS Piłsudski project – a floating embassy of Polish culture – as well as photos and invitations to visit the modern Poland of today, a country with interesting culture and open people. It is our desire to make viewers leave us with a conviction that they can see the continuity of the history of the nation which, in spite of many obstacles, marks its presence here and now while not forgetting its history.


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Financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the scope of  the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2021, as part of the "Cultural bridges" subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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Words of thanks to the Patrons of the project: Agata Karnicka-Kawczyńska and Jarosław Kawczyński