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Arriving

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Arriving: Objects & Discoveries Portrait and soundscape driven project exploring migration ‘Arriving at a new place’ is a core aspect of migration, but stories of arrival are not limited to the migration experience. We all have stories of arrival (e.g. school, workplace, new home) to tell, reflecting commonalities of human perceptions, reflections and emotions. The project documents younger and older people who define themselves as migrants, non-migrants or global citizens. Together they discover the secrets behind a special object that the other one holds. The objects unlock stories of ‘arriving at a new place’ and create bonds between people of different ages, biographies and migration backgrounds. Powerful photographic portraits of people and their objects in combination with audio-recordings of their conversational exchanges are accessible via...

Italia Terremotata

Italia Terremotata
Italia Terremotata Forty years after one of the most devastating earthquakes in Italian history, this 3D interactive documentary investigates the long lasting impact on the rural community of Senerchia, Irpinia, South Italy. This interactive documentary combines 3D visualisation and multimodal storytelling to tell the story of Senerchia terremotata, that is, hit by the earthquake that devastated the Irpinia region (South Italy) in 1980. This was one of the most devastating earthquakes in Italian history, with at least 40 towns almost completely destroyed, 2,483 people dead, 7,700 injured, and 250,000 homeless. After the earthquake, many people lived in prefabricated houses for more than 20 years before they were able to return to the new rebuilt towns. The reconstructions of these towns took different shapes: (1) rebuilt...

The Crossing

Human Trafficking
The Crossing The Crossing is a multi-screen and 2D screen interactive exhibition, which provided new interpretations and understanding of the black-market economy of sex trafficking through the journey of a trafficked woman. The emotionally charged project investigates the exploitation of hope and the black market economy of human trafficking through the story of a young girl sex trafficked into an organised industry who use the ‘lover boy’ technique to entrap their targets. Her story unfolds through interconnected screens with perspective shifting visuals and an intimate, binaural sound design. The project itself sits within an increasingly complex climate of hardening public opinion; moral self-questioning and a $150 billion dollar world trade in people. As such the film takes as its starting point the concept of ‘hope’...

Vulnerable Selves

Vulnerability
Vulnerable Selves Dual Perspectives, Immersive Media and the Narrative of Vulnerability In this project, StoryLab critically explore the lived experience and interpretation of vulnerability and investigate the possibilities and limitations of using immersive media through an observational case study of emerging filmmakers. Situated within ‘me too’ and representation in the media, the project explores how gender inequalities are built into and reproduced through filmmaking. Against this background, this project considers the possibilities of mediating the gendered dimensions of vulnerability through immersive mediation. Although, most recently, the question of immersion was most prominently raised by to developments in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, the field of “immersive mediation” is not limited to such novel media technologies. The research project, therefore, uses filmmaking techniques to create an...

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking Human Trafficking: Engaging New Audiences Through Immersive VR Haptic Experience StoryLab, Dr Senir Dinar, Ian Brown and Prof. Rob Toulson are developing novel approaches to narrative driven data visualisation and audience engagement in the topic of human trafficking through the construction and application of immersive non-interactive and interactive VR experiences and binaural 360 soundscape of the journey of a trafficked woman.

Could Try Harder

Could Try Harder
Could Try Harder Could Try Harder: An Audiovisual Investigation into Capturing and Creating a Shared Memory Experience   Sophie Jackson’s research investigates ‘memory moments’ through the capture and creation of shared memory experience. It utilizes school reports as artefacts to trigger central memory, documented through a process of participant interviews forming the basis of a series of individual films. In doing so, it explores whether the words and textures of the artefacts (the reports), integrated with the personal recollections and responses captured on film as participants read their reports for the first time in many years, can generate a felt or shared memory experience with the viewer. These reflections shed light not only on the impact of practice-led processes on invoking memory and a shared...