Premiered at Nederlands Film Festival – Oct 2019
> a new dimension based on False Mirror


Sacred Hill explores and broadens our human imagination by finding correlations between space, perception, the human body and its senses, and superhuman experiences.
The result is a vibrant speculative scene that’s constantly reshaping itself. Sacred Hill is a space created by humans and non-humans, non-living entities and digital life forms, as an emerging form of existence: a new sacred space. Sacred Hill is an interactive installation including a virtual reality experience and a live (multi-sensory) performance.


The question of what is ‘real’ has been much discussed throughout history and the authenticity of reality needs renewed attention. The rise of virtual, augmented, and digital realities makes the question “What is reality?” more urgent. There is curiosity and interest in an alternative reality; an existence beyond physical bodies linked to an alternate state of mind. A moment where we can break with existing belief and knowledge systems. The meaning of reality has been determined by our known Western knowledge systems. But what if we include knowledge systems such as magic, cult or native belief systems? This forms the core of Sacred Hill, a multi-sensory installation including a virtual reality experience and performance. The projects explores, together with their audience, new forms of existence and alternate states of body and mind in a virtual space.

The project researches methods known from myths, cults, natural drugs and tarot to create a virtual space, bypassing the laws of physics, where human bodies (and senses) are allowed to explore correlations between space, body, perception and alternate ways of communication. The spatial installation is taking place on the blurry lines of the virtual and physical which is filled with a scent supporting this alienating experience. It uses hints of known fragrances from rituals and belief systems, mixed with some earthly elements and a new designed, artificial fragrance. The second level in this world is a personal tarot reading but with a twist: a futuristic-looking costumed priestess draws you a card and spreads a special scent, to help you arrive at an alternate state of mind. The last scene takes you gradually further into the digital reality, as you leave your physical body behind and enter the virtual ritual.


By Ali Eslami and Klasien van de Zandschulp
Installation — Mamali Shafahi
Sound – Arnoud Traa, Shahin Entezami
Graphic Design — Vincent Meertens
Costume — Evita Ative
Scent — Perfume Sucks (Andreas Wilhelm)
Photography — LAB8WORKS
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Supported By 
Creative Industries Fund 
NL Film Fonds
Amsterdam fonds voor de kunst
Mondrian Funds
Het Nieuw Instituut
Nederlands Film Festival
IMPAKT Festival


IMPAKT Festival – Online [Dec 2020]
Het Nieuw Institute – Rotterdam [Sep 2019]
Nederlands Film Festival – Utrecht [Oct 2019]
Museumnacht – Amsterdam [Oct 2019]