Health & Wellbeing

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 YouTube 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 YouTube App. Download the YouTube 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...

The Golden Window

baby with tune
The Golden Window There is a window in which you can change the death signals to the brain cells, cooling stops that signalling process.  When you re-warm the baby, the brain cells no longer receive that signal to go down the death pathway. Shot entirely during 72 hours of opportunity, The Golden Window tells the story of medically induced cooling of baby J after a traumatic birth. The film explores the state of suspended animation and the unconscious and conscious journey experienced by newborn babies undergoing therapeutic cooling following traumatic asphyxia during birthing. The cooling delays the death of the brain cells, providing a 72-hour window to reduce the neurological damage of infants suffering from this perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). As such the film considers the...

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

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...

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