Opening on February 22, 2024

One year to the day after the historic signing of the COP15 Agreements, OASIS immersion, introduce a brand new immersive exhibition entitled Root for Nature. This experience, immersing visitors in a striking interpretation of biodiversity in all its splendor and featuring immersive digital arts and informative educational zones, was inspired by the historic COP15 Agreements. During COP15, OASIS immersion served as a venue for meetings and exchanges while also providing participants with a rejuvenating immersion.

A powerful, modern perspective on biodiversity

The program includes a sensory experience in the heart of nature, presented as never before, in a production designed to motivate visitors to take positive action in the face of major biodiversity issues. Root for Nature is intended to be a moment suspended in time, offering a moving spectacle that reminds us of the importance of preserving the magic of our beloved planet and reinforcing the will to meet COP15 commitments aimed at protecting 30% of all ecosystems by 2030.

The Root for Nature immersive experience brings together several organizations committed to conservation and sustainable development, including the United Nations, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Workshops for biodiversity , the Age of Union Environmental Alliance, the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, WSP and National Geographic.

The Experience is produced and traveled by OASIS Immersive Studios in collaboration with National Geographic.

GALLERY 1: Into the Blue

The exhibition opens with an invitation to simply contemplate. To be inspired by the luminous world of American artist James Turrell, preparing visitors for their journey, disconnecting them from reality to allow for immersion in the present moment. Light and colour create a timeless, poetic, and mysterious environment, appealing to our senses. Our eyes, ears and body are engaged. Increasingly diffuse beams of light overlap to create a shifting geometry, inviting us to change our view of the world around us.

Along the River During the Qingming Festival

Nicknamed the “Chinese Mona Lisa”, Along the River During the Qingming Festival is undoubtedly one of the most powerful masterpieces of Chinese heritage, generally attributed to Song dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145). The original painting on a five-meter scroll depicts the daily life of different social strata during the Song dynasty (between 960 and 1279). Featuring more than 500 characters, some 60 animals and 20 boats, the canvas is rich in historical information on the trade, crafts, folklore, architecture and means of transportation of the era. As a creative piece, the work was revered, and court artists of later dynasties produced numerous reinterpretative replicas. Co-produced with Chinese immersive site Temple of Light, this experience was first conceived in virtual reality before being adapted for an immersive environment. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the Chinese culture of yesteryear.

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GALLERY 2: Piying Dream

Pi Ying, also known as “shadow puppet theater”, is an ancient art form celebrated for over two millennia for its ability to captivate and amaze audiences of all ages. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognized as the world’s oldest form of puppet theater, this art form is based on a unique technique, which uses cut-out figures and light effects to tell captivating stories that draw on China’s rich cultural heritage. Each performance is a journey through epic tales, ancestral legends and folklore illustrating not only stories, but also conveying timeless values and life lessons. Danny Rose artists undertook quite a journey to create this unique experience, drawing inspiration from a wide range of works, in particular the vast collection housed at the Minhang Chinese Shadow Theatre Folk Art Museum by Mr. Ma Demin, fifth-generation descendant of Ma’s shadow puppeteers and owner of the world’s largest shadow puppet collection. According to a popular Chinese legend, the origin of this practice dates back to the time of Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty. Prepare for a moving, discovery-intense experience! Proudly co-produced with Chinese immersive site Temple of Light.

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Oasis Immersion - Rêver L’Asie - Gallery 2 - Visual 2

GALLERY 3: Spirit of Japan

In Japanese, Ukiyo-e means “images of the floating world”. This artistic movement of the Edo period (1603-1868) is renowned for its ability to capture the ephemeral essence and beauty of everyday life. Ukiyo-e incorporates both painting and, more notably, printmaking, an art form that revolutionized artistic perceptions by emphasizing fluid lines, vivid colours and varied subjects. An ode to the avant-gardism of the great Japanese printmaking masters and their extraordinary expressive power, this immersive experience offers poetic visions that overtake the space, overwhelming visitors and offering a veritable journey into Japanese culture, featuring geishas, samurai warriors and spirits. The artistic movement was inspired by the Japanese prints that began circulating in Europe in the second half of the 19th century, when trade opened up between the West and Japan. Indeed, the influence of Ukiyo-e extended far beyond Japan’s borders, impacting many art forms around the world and through time. The discovery of Japanese art had a profound impact on Western art: not only on the paintings of Impressionists and avant-garde artists, but also the decorative arts, music and dance.

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