Respite From Reality
Say, do the elm-clumps greatly stand
Ah God! to see the branches stir
Across the moon at Grantchester!
To smell the thrilling-sweet and rotten
River-smell, and hear the breeze
Sobbing in the little trees.
Still guardians of that holy land?
The chestnuts shade, in reverend dream,
The yet unacademic stream?
Is dawn a secret shy and cold
Extract from The Old Vicarage, Grantchester by Rupert Brooke, 1912
Jo has been rowing on The Cam since 1983. Winner of two rowing ‘Blues’ for Cambridge and a gold medal the first Women’s Henley Regatta she shared her passion of rowing and the river with her son Alex who started rowing at the age of 10. Now, they both prepare young rowers for competing on the river in Cambridge.
The River and Waltzing on The River were made to bring an atmospheric experience to those unable to do so themselves. The river location was chosen because of its association with therapy, peace and freedom. In the two versions of the film, The River tells Jo and Alex’s story. Waltzing on The River provides a relaxing music score and the natural sounds of the river.
How to Watch
The 360 frame provides a scenic journey for the user in which they can decide where they want to look and how to experience. The films can be experienced on all screens:
- 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
In the 360 space viewers can choose to engage with the rowers, immerse themselves in different parts of the river, or absorb themselves in the soundscape supporting the journey and flow.
About Respite for Reality
StoryLab responded to a call to create immersive experiences for patients with limited mobility and/or suffering from terminal illnesses. The aim was to provide LOROS Hospice patients with a short therapeutic respite from their current reality. There is a window of opportunity to look for continuous long lasting therapeutic interventions in traumatic brain injury. 360 VR offers a new strategy to boost and amplify restorative processes in the clinical setting. 360 VR allows the development of real-life context-specific experiences, requiring the control of the individual over different cognitive and social factors difficult to reproduce in clinical settings. StoryLab adopted a narrative approach to this call, creating two 360 virtual reality films, The River and Waltzing on the River.
These sensory rich 360 experiences were initially made to provide a respite from reality for hospice patients physically unable to have experience such locations. Yet the environment, sound design and approach to filming, provide wider mental health and well being properties, making it a much needed, respite for all audiences, particularly in the time of Covid-19.
Respite From Reality Team (Gabi, Alex, Jo, Will, and Andrea)