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 as an immersive slam poetry performance in the planetarium in Tartu, Estonia, part of Prima Vista literature festival. The final performance will take place in Brussels, September 2024. The work will also be shown as an animation film in Zebra Poetry Festival in Berlin and Kinomurale in Wroclaw.

Animation: Margo Nowicka, Hanna-Katri Eskelinen and Calvin Guillot.
Poetry and performance: Giovanni Baudonck.

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.

A snapshot video from the Tartu Planetarium at Prima Vista literature festival 2023.