Lunchtime Talk

Fri 11 Feb 13:00-14:00 at Youtube Live

Add to Calendar

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.

Please note we are holding our Lunchtime Talks online only for now - we are looking forward to seeing you in the building again soon.

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 Friday 11th February at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards on Youtube Live.

The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

Your email will only be used to send you monthly studio updates. You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in any of our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy

Upcoming Events

Image of a women with multi-coloured projections of coding over her
Lunchtime Talk

Amplified Publishing

Fri 28 Jan 13:00-14:00

In this lunchtime talk, Kate Pullinger, director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries explores the findings from the Amplified Publishing programme and examines how technology can create positive change.

An image of four figures , each with speech bubbles with comment reactions
Lunchtime Talk

Reconsidering Comment Sections

Fri 4 Feb 13:00-14:00

Do you ever leave comments on the stuff you watch, read and listen to? In this lunchtime talk, Sammy Jones, Bristol and Bath Creative R & D New Talent Fellow delves into the world of comment sections.

A group of people talking in a small group in Pervasive Media Studio

First Friday

Fri 4 Feb 17:00-18:00

First Friday is a monthly social event open to anyone. These events are somewhere between the last meeting of the week and the first event of your weekend.

Image of a road with two yellow painted lines running through the centre.
Lunchtime Talk

Making Truth or Consequences

Fri 18 Feb 13:00-14:00

In this talk, Hannah Jayanti and Alexander Porter will share their collaborative process creating the documentary film ‘Truth or Consequences’ and discuss the process of creating experimental non-fiction projects.

Past Events

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