an Aquatic VR Experience

From lead artist, Pyaré, SPACED OUT is an underwater VR experience using the revolutionary VR waterproof headset, DiVR by Ballast Technologies. It invites visitors to float on water while breathing with a snorkel, giving an illusion of being immersed onto the lunar surface. 

SPACED OUT transports the visitors from earth to the moon, from water to space and from the first to the third person leaving body behind, to reach the moon and then its hollow center. 

The trip crosses in a tunnel of lines and points, a trajectory of the Earth on the surface of the moon, where the last Apollo 11 mission landed. SPACED OUT’s narration is composed by original audio archives of the communication between the three astronauts and the mission control. The running audio track clashes with the abstract 3D visual representation of what the 19th century writers believed the moon looked like. The piece is like a magic trick: simulating absence of gravity it bypasses the brain’s predispositions for an immersion of all senses. 

In Sundance’s VR and IA-oriented storytelling segment, New Frontier, film works like SPACED OUT (…) drew lines of visitors.

Pierre “Pyaré” Friquet – Lead Artist 
Mourad Bennacer – Music Composer 
Sutu - Art Director 
Nathan Brown – Executive Producer 
Ando Shah – Ballast, Technical Collaborator 
Stephen Greenwood – Ballast, Technical Collaborator
Atlas Roufas – Ballast, Technical Collaborator

SPACED OUT will have its International Premiere in the New Frontier Program at Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. SPACED OUT world premiered in Switzerland at the World XR Forum, where the project had its creative residency.

In SPACED OUT, NASA’s archives will be re-transformed for frame deletion, data recovery, distortion, glossy compression, improper editing, reinterpretation, forced errors. The colors are in negative; space is white and black stars. The surface of the moon is bright blue, turning the colors of the earth into a strangely familiar air.

SPACED OUT confronts science and imagination, as well as documentary archives and original 3D creation inspired by retro-futurism. It hopes to create a tension, mixing the two extreme poles of reality representation using Ballast’s revolutionary waterproof VR headset, DiVR.

Ballast Technologies Inc. is pioneering #AquaticVR, a new type of multi-sensory location based virtual reality, that uses the properties of water to provide the most immersive experiences. Ballast enables a magical combination of elements that leave guests in awe. Find out more at 

SPACED OUT is additionally supported by French Immersion, French Embassy in the United States, UniFrance, Institut Francais, CNC, AirFrance, Fondation Face, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the World XR Forum.