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Photo of Layered Realities 5G showcase in Millennium Square Bristoltol
Photograph by Jack Offord

Layered Realities, 5G showcase

The world's first urban 5G testbed for public users

Watershed and the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol explored the potential of 5G through a series of experimental events - asking artists, researchers and creatives to produce bold new works in public space. It was the world’s first urban testbed for public users.

We asked artists and creatives to really test its capability and potential - in response they have created some brilliant, meaningful experiences ranging from spectacular 3D-like projections, a gorgeous virtual reality dance piece, a guided tour on which you take a walk through time, and a programme of critical talks.

Watch the film below about the Layered Realities 5G weekend: artists, technology and audiences:

We also commissioned Bristol City’s poet (from May 2018) Vanessa Kisuule to write a spoken word piece around the near future of technology and what it means for Bristol and the people within, focussing on the themes of change, innovation and how people are at the centre of all of these new developments..

And presented two of our Playable City Commissions; Stop Smile Stroll and Shadowing which play with the idea of Layered Realities and the ways technology can bring new life to our cities.

Further Reading:

Layered Realities programme
Reflections on the weekend

Ended in March 2018