In our industry we often use the word immersive. But Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s project ‘Dau’ has to take first prize when it comes to immersive projects. The Russian film maker set up ‘The Institute’ – a fictional but functional research institute and populated it with hundreds of people for three years. The set was built in rural Ukraine but depictions Moscow in 1938-1968.

This project has now spawned thirteen films and a number of television series according to the film’s first piece of marketing – a trailer you can see here.

Sadly the month-long, full time operating art installation that were to premiere in Berlin and include a part rebuild of the Berlin wall had to be cancelled, but it has now been moved to Paris – running between the 24th of January and the 17th of February. Apply for your visa here.