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Lunchtime Talk

Fri 11 Feb 13:00-14:00 at Pervasive Media Studio Event Space

Perceiving Facades VR

In this lunchtime talk, Emma Hughes and Ben Neal, discuss their project Facades, a surreal virtual reality (VR) dance experience that invites audiences to walk the line between reality and illusion.

image of a visitor, wearing a VR headset staring at the ground

Image by: Julian Hughes


Emma Hughes

Since graduating in Drama from the University of Bristol last year, Emma has been involved in numerous creative projects in film production and community-driven arts, as well as marketing for Oxfam festivals.She has a passion…

Ben Neal

Ben Neal is an arts-focused freelance Creative Technologist, Digital Producer, programmer, games/gadget builder and educator.

This talk will be held in the building and online! Book your ticket here to attend in person.

Created by Digital Dance Artist Kerryn Wise and Creative Technologist Ben Neal, Facades is a surreal virtual reality (VR) dance experience that invites audiences to walk the line between reality and illusion. Cinematic and deeply immersive, Facades is an atmospheric and sometimes challenging experience that leaves audience members questioning their own place on a virtual stage, what the rules of this new world are, who is in control, and what the experiences they have really mean.

An image from the VR experience

Image above and below by: stills from Perceiving Facades VR

Facades uses Volumetric Capture to record real-life performers digitally and transform them into three dimensional, virtual versions of themselves. Including abstracted movement, themes and settings inspired by iconic film scenes including Rear Window, The Wizard of Oz, and The Mirror, the choreography explores domesticity through repeated gestures and emotive recurring motifs, as the isolated solo performer seeks to find a connection by reaching out to the visiting viewer. This beautiful yet unsettling narrative exposes themes of vulnerability, trust, disembodiment and isolation.

Still from the VR experience

Join Ben Neal - Creative Technologist and Emma Hughes - Digital Producer online on YouTube Live here, or in the building on Friday 11th February at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards.

Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.

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Past Events

If you are interested in previous events at the Studio, take a look at our events archive.