Environment & Climate Change

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...

Respite From Reality

Respite From Reality 360° Film Experience The River Listen to the narrative of rowers Jo and Alex and experience the natural sounds of the river. How to Watch: On Vimeo using a personal computer. Press the play button to start the video. Press at bottom right to go into full screen for best viewing experience. Click and drag anywhere on the video screen to rotate your point of view. On a smart phone using the Vimeo App. Download the Vimeo App when prompted to play on your phone. When playing, rotate your physical phone to change the view and perspective of the video. Fully immersed inside of a virtual reality headset. Video file can be uploaded to an Oculus Quest or any simple VR device...

Machine Seeing

Machine Seeing StoryLab are exploring and addressing a series of questions and challenges on existing and emerging creative technologies. Innovations in media technologies have opened up new ways of witnessing the world. These emerging modes of “machine seeing” raise novel questions about user experience, renaissance and role of synergistic creative tools such as sound, changing workflows and the language of communication. Exploring Machine Seeing, we consider how media producers and audiences experience and make sense of contemporary life through new visual techniques and technologies. What new visual paradigms will emerge in the age of drone filming and 360 video? What realities will be envisioned in virtual reality? We suggest that emerging modes of machine seeing provide not just potential opportunities but also new limitations and...

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