This work is a part of the Urban Travel Machines project - a collaboration between three schools of arts and four planetaria with the goal of contributing to the renewal of the literary sector in Europe through the adoption of immersive technology.

Takeoff is a meditation on dreams as means of escapism. It is a visual interpretation of the poem, where the protagonist describes the first time he took off - ran away to the limitless world of fantasy, rejecting the absurdity of suffering.

The work has been presented in the Prima Vista Literary Festival as an immersive slam poetry performance in the planetarium in Tartu, Estonia. The final performance will take place in the Brussels planetarium, September 2024.The cinema version of the work has been presented in ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2023 and awarded the Kinomural 2023 Open Call prize.

Realized with the support of the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Giovanni Baudonck

Hanna-Katri Eskelinen
Calvin Guillot
Margo Nowicka