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Makers of the UnReal (N/C - discussion)

16 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue CCA Theatre
Location of CCA Theatre


Following our 2017 foray into virtual reality and 360˚ video, GSFF has joined forces with UWS Immersive and digital studio ISO Design to bring to Glasgow the latest in VR experiences from across the globe.

Accompanying the UnRealities VR programme, UWS Immersive presents a series of discussions with some of the makers behind the work, exploring the conceptual, technical and psychological challenges of working in virtual worlds. This session will be of interest to anyone wishing to engage with immersive moving image as a participant or creator.

Session 1: 12.00-13.30
Rachel Maclean, Olly Reid and Damien Smith in conversation with Professor Nick Higgins (UWS Immersive)

In 2018 visual artist Rachel Maclean, commissioned by Zabludowicz Collection in partnership with Arsenal Contemporary, collaborated with Werkflow to create her first VR artwork. I’m Terribly Sorry is an interactive experience set in a dystopian urban British landscape of manic tourist merchandise.  

Working with the animation studio Axis, Olly Reid has created the visually stunning interactive experience The Bond. Reimagining a shamanic adventure within the virtual world, The Bond explores the potential of VR to take audiences on mythical flights of fantasy based on an innovative process of real time rendering.

Glasgow-based digital design studio ISO have long been engaged with the creative potential of immersion, having premiered The Circuit, their 360° VR documentary collaboration with the UWS Creative Media Academy at GSFF in 2017. This year they return with 7 Sirens, an interactive CGI VR experience that demonstrates the potential of the medium to both mine, disrupt and mesh the uncanny with digital realities of their own creation. ISO partner Damien Smith will discuss the project’s genesis and execution.

Session 2: 13.45-15.00
Dan Tucker, curator of the Alternate Realities VR programme at Sheffield DocFest in conversation with Professor Nick Higgins (UWS Immersive)

Dan Tucker has been working in immersive and interactive production for the last 15 years. His experience as a producer has seen him work on an interactive drama for BBC Three's Our World War, the interactive-documentary Footballers United and the BBC's first BAFTA-winning VR documentary, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel. For the last three years Dan has also been the curator of the Alternate Realities VR Strand and Summit at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Dan will share his insights on the development of the medium over the last 10 years and provide an insight not only into the international exhibition and festival landscape but also the evolving nature of the funding ecosystem that might support what still remains a relatively new art form without an established creative economy.

  • Duration 3h
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