The Isle of the Dead

8 min
1 episode
Böcklin's mysterious Isle of the Dead is one of the most often reproduced paintings in the history of art. It fascinated Lenin and Hitler, Freud and Clémenceau, and inspired both Dali and Scorsese. The painting represents the final journey as described in Greek mythology, as the boatman Charon accompanies the dead to the underworld on the other side of the river Styx.

This experience proposes something unthinkable: join Charon and travel to the very portal of the underworld. The journey starts in a comfortable, cosy, modern apartment. Suddenly the world around you starts to break up: walls and surfaces crack, crumble and fall into the dark waters of the end of time. In an inescapable forward motion propelled by the collapse of everything around us, we glide across the water, petrified, towards the Isle of the Dead. A hypnotic journey filled with lugubrious poetry and architectural visions from another age, set to the powerful symphonic poem of Rachmaninov.

General informations

Director :
Benjamin Nuel
Producer :
Oriane Hurard

Original title :
L'île des Morts

Type :
Virtual Reality - 360 Video
Genres :
Artistic, Arte Trips

Production companies :
Les Produits Frais, Arte France
Distributed by :
Language(s) :
French, English (US)

Crew & cast

Sound designer :
Xavier Thibault