Ellie Chadwick and Helen Brown are MyWorld Research Fellows with Condense. Working with live, virtual performances in Condense’s virtual stage, Studio 5, Helen has been exploring audience experiences in partnership with the MyWorld Audience Understanding Research group, while Ellie is researching performer presence in the Metaverse.

Helen is a user experience designer and behavioural scientist interested in how the curation of virtual performances can support connection, immersion and a sense of liveness for audiences. Helen’s design expertise centres around creating user experiences for digital applications that promote learning and behaviour change. 

Ellie is a theatre-maker and academic interested in immersive performance, theatre and technologies, and early storytelling (she has recently published her book “Historically-Responsive Storytelling: How Western Theatre is Rediscovering its Roots”). As a practitioner (resident at Pervasive Media Studio) Eleanor produces immersive and multi-sensory performances with her company Sleight of Hand.

Ellie and Helen will share some of their findings and reflections from their R&D experiments, with a focus on liveness and wayfinding in virtual performances. 

Join us online on YouTube Live, or in the building on Friday 15th March 2024 at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the Q and A discussion afterwards. 

The Pervasive Media Studio is a partnership between the Watershed, University of the West of England and University of Bristol. The lunchtime talks are partly supported by MyWorld, a project led by the University of Bristol to support creative industries in the region. Watershed is supported by Arts Council England.

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. 

For more information on accessing the studio take a look here.

*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.