The Tell-Tale Rooms
The Tell-Tale Rooms is an interactive 360 VR piece that leads us on a journey into artist Eden Kötting’s fantastical world. Blending immersive animation, archive and live action it celebrates the wonders of the human condition and opens the fusty doors of perception into a world of virtual reality.
The Tell-Tale Rooms is situated inside a VR replica of an old farm-house deep in the French Pyrenees. The real house has been home to Eden and Andrew Kötting on-and-off for over 30 years but once we enter the house, compiled using photogrammetry and into The Tell-Tale Rooms, Eden takes us on a journey into places that we have not been before.
In this world you walk amongst the artworks, memories and dreams of Eden Kötting, a visually impaired, neuro-divergent artist. Although Eden is profoundly disabled, here she is the mischief-maker and mistress-of-ceremonies. She leads us on a journey that celebrates the wonders of the human condition and offers a rare and positive insight into her life.
In addition, our interactions with the Tell-Tale Rooms are guided by floating animated 3D Tell-Tale heads that appear adrift, tempting us what bits of Eden’s back story. Particle effects in conjunction with randomizing code adds an element of unpredictability and chance to the proceedings; one minute a room might be huge and another it might be miniscule, one minute there might be snow outside and in the next minute glorious sunshine.
Guided by Eden and the Tell-Tale Heads, we encounter a series of Tell-Tale Rooms: The Room of Memory, The Room Of Nostalgia, The Room of Make-Believe, The Room of Hope, The Room of Forgetting, The Room of Confabulation…. In these rooms there are trace elements from Eden growing from a baby, through adolescence, and into adulthood.
Texts written in Eden’s handwriting drift within the space, offering translation for her limited speech patterns, advice for the future, or quotes from the past. The voice of her Great-Grandmother Gladys reminisces about their time together making their film Gallivant.
Snippets of antiquated public information broadcasts and mysterious voiceovers help contextualise how far society has come when dealing with disability and diversity.
Eden’s story is memorable, playful and hauntological. Hope is in the air and everywhere you look around…
Eden KöttingKey Cast
Nick Gordon SmithDirector of Photography
SchneiderAssistant / Voice over
Miles VismanSoftware Engineer
Tyke FilmsProduction Company
Project Type:Virtual Reality
Completion Date:June 20, 2022
Country of Origin:United Kingdom
Sheffield DocFest 2022Sheffield
June 23, 2022
Official Selection - Alternate Realities Programme
CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Film FestivalCopenhagen
March 15, 2023
March 10, 2023
North American Premiere
Featured XR experience
Andrew Kötting is an award-winning artist, filmmaker and Professor who has made over 100 short films. His first feature Gallivant (1996), a journey around the coast of Britain with his grandmother and daughter Eden, was awarded the Director's Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival. As well as the Paul Hamlyn Award he has been nominated for the Jarman Award three times. Other films include This Filthy Earth (2001), Ivul (2009), This is Our Still Life (2011), Swandown (2012) By Our Selves (2015) Lek and The Dogs (2018) The Whalebone Box (2020). Along with his daughter Eden, he is an associate artist with the collective Project Artworks who were short-listed for the Turner Prize in 2021.
His latest short film Diseased and Disorderly was released in 2021 and has screened at Raindance Film Festival, the London Film Festival and LA Shorts Festival.