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Base E

Base E
Base E Collaboration between UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, British Antarctic Survey and StoryLab Base E is a proof of principle interactive Virtual Reality (VR) experience that combines 3D visualisation, gaming and film archive that enables users to explore and engage with the story of Base E, a British research station based on Stonington Island, in the south Antarctic Peninsula. This collaboration between StoryLab and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UK AHT) aims to demonstrate how convergent creative modes of storytelling enable a more diverse and immersive experience for audiences to connect and engage with remote and inaccessible areas of the world. This reflects on the intersection between identity, culture, heritage and the environment. A 3D photogrammetry model of Base E was created by UK AHT...

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 Name Still Spoken

The Name Still Spoken
The Name Still Spoken An Immersive Narrative Investigation of 360 Filming The Name Still Spoken (TNSS) is part of a series of ongoing investigations by StoryLab into the creative, ethical and socio-economic application of immersive media. It takes impetus from Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (2004) and aims to convey the spatial narrative of the consecrated grounds of an urban cemetery, through the construction of a 360 film via entry-level technology, software and distribution platforms. Established in 1848, this Cambridge cemetery embodies a battle between nature, wildlife and anthropological conservation, home to worn down gravestones with fading names. Whilst testing the boundaries of accessible (and affordable) 360 filming and distribution, the TNSS project asks if it is possible to keep the living memory of those named...

Urban Nature

Urban/Nature
Urban Nature The narrative of Landscapes Immersive Media and the Body In Urban Nature, StoryLab and Professor Viren Swami draw on Swami’s previous work, which has shown that exposure to images of nature results in elevated state body appreciation, but static images may lack ecological validity. This project examined the exposure to short films of simulated first-person walks in natural or built environments, utilising immersive visual and sonic narrative techniques to explore psychological wellbeing. Links to Publication: The Impact of Exposure to Films of Natural and Built Environments on State Body Appreciation in Body Image Swami, V; Pickering, M; Barron, D and Patel, S (2018) Media coverage: Medicalxpress, Guy Counseling, Metro News, Women’s Health, Cambridge Network, Daily Mail, Top Santé