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A still from the VR film Laika shows Laika, a Jack Russell, sitting in a rocket.

Laika: Virtual Reality Experience

Duration: 30m
Dates: Sat 20 Jan - Sat 24 Feb 2024

Join us every Saturday from Sat 20 January – Sat 24 February to experience Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia’s immersive virtual reality film Laika

Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona) blends immersive virtual reality and CG animation to bring to life the groundbreaking true story of earth’s first space traveller: a stray dog. Laika was the first living creature sent by humans into space aboard the Soviet satellite Sputnik II in 1957. Overnight, an unwanted and unloved stray that had survived on the streets of Moscow became the most famous dog in the world. 

Adapted from Nick Abadzis’ 2007 graphic novel, Laika is a tragic tale of love, deep humanity and a mission that heralded a new age of information, technology and the race for military supremacy. 

Useful information: 

  • This virtual reality experience is for ages 13+.
  • The experience will take place in Centrespace – staff can direct you to this space on Level –2 of DCA, underneath Jute Café Bar.
  • Please arrive promptly so you will have time to be fitted with a Meta Quest 2 headset.
  • The film lasts for 15 minutes and the whole experience will take about 30 minutes 
  • Staff will be on-hand to give you a brief introduction, help you with the headset, and answer any questions you may have. 
  • Each free, timed event takes place with a maximum of 6 people in the space. Please book your place in advance to avoid disappointment.