Lunchtime Talk
Fri 14 Jun 2019 14:00

We Sing In Fire And Blood: VR, music and surviving extreme violence.

Long-standing Studio Resident, Hazel Grian joins us for this weeks lunchtime talk to discuss her latest project, a powerful VR piece about community, based on her life, titled, 'We Sing In Fire And Blood'.

Screen shot of 'we sing in fire and blood'


Hazel Grian

Hazel Grian

Hazel is currently working on a "virtual reality opera". Previously she wrote SciFi then made it happen for real. She collaborates with movie makers & technologists on a variety of projects including robots & smell.

In 2010 at her home in Bristol, writer/director Hazel Grian was brutally attacked by an intruder and left for dead while the house burned. She immediately began to tell her story, an instinct which she believes contributed greatly to her recovery. In 2017 she started work on We Sing In Fire And Blood, an ‘opera’ in VR.

Designed to be uplifting and positive and to be experienced in groups, the audience sit around a virtual campfire and encounter a cast of police officers, nurses, neighbours and friends who sing about their part in solving a horrific crime and caring for the survivor.

A long-time studio resident and former actor Hazel talks about her response as a storyteller, how she has returned to the actual people involved in her case, interviewing them and using their words as inspiration for her lyrics.

Hazel has been working with composers Duncan Speakman and Sarah Anderson, VR production company All Seeing Eye and creative producer Isla Badenoch as well as singers and actors. She talks about the learning process the team has experienced in attempting to create something beautiful from the horror of the event.  

Having recently premiered the current version of the project, a highly-praised 25-minute 360 film, Hazel discusses her plans for the project’s future and questions whether VR is ultimately the right medium for this expansive musical narrative.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: to book your place on a tour.

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