Culture VR - L’île des morts

L’île des morts


Isle of the Dead is a timeless journey, starting from an everyday apartmenttowards our final destination, guided by Charon, ferryman of the Underwor-ld.

This VR experience is a loose recreation of the eponymous work painted in 1883 by the Swiss symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin.

The famous masterpiece also inspired a symphonic poem by Rachmaninov, which makes a perfect soundtrack to accompany the experience.



This film is part of the VR Selection of the Institut français, which offers members of France’s overseas cultural network (the cultural services of French embassies, Instituts français and Alliances Françaises) a selection of French virtual reality contents for non-commercial use, within their venues or those of their partners.



  • Directed by Benjamin Nuel
  • Written by Benjamin Nuel et Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat
  • Voice : André Wilms
  • Production : Les Produits Frais (Oriane Hurard), ARTE France
  • With the participation of the CNC New Media Fund
  • Graphic design : N°130 Creative Studio
  • Artistic director : Hugo Arcier
  • Graphic designer : Robin Maulet
  • Sound : Xavier Thibault
  • Music : Sergueï Rachmaninov, Isle of the dead Op 29, 1909.
  • Architecture and video rendering : Novelab
  • International distribution : ARTE France
  • Compatibility : Samsung Gear VR


L’île des morts


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Passive 360° video

Description : The easiest format to set up and exhibit.

Platform compatibilty : Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, others

Technical Requirements : VR Headset, Swivel stool/chair, Compatible smartphone or desktop PC, Charger, Internet connection

Tutorial : watch here

User Mediation: 1 person for 10 to 20 VR stations