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

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...

Algorithimic Signs

Algoritmic Signs
Algorithmic Signs Tracing the Missing History of Computer Art Through Curatorial Practice Algorithmic Signs - Ernest Edmonds, Manfred Mohr, Vera Molnár, Frieder Nake, Roman Verostko, is a research project exploring the history of pioneering computational art conceived, researched and curated as a major exhibition by Dr Francesca Franco in collaboration with the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice, Italy), who produced and hosted the exhibition. Algorithmic Signs provided new interpretations of the history of computer art in the mid-1960s for a wide public and an international audience. The exhibition has been reviewed around the world (Studio International, FlashArt, Wired). Through this exhibition, the Bevilacqua Foundation evidenced impact in the fields of public and media understanding of digital art and on the curatorial and documentation processes related...

Immersive Movement

360 Dance
Immersive Movement Narrative Driven Performance To Enhance Mobility Through Live Action Virtual Reality  StoryLab in collaboration with Dr Eva Aymami Rene, Dr Stephen Oxnard and Tim Kobin investigate the production processes and conceptualization of dance through live action virtual reality. The project primarily explores the universal connection of dance and movement through a series of prototype testing. Themes of feeling, movement and intimacy through performance are extrapolated within a rapidly developing technological world. The methodological processes call for questions around production such as how two-dimensional directors establish a 360-degree visual language and a new choreographic language will emerge in directing actors and performers within this space. The prototype testing will establish the impact that sound design has on driving a choreographed narrative from immersive filming...
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