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Perceiving Facades VR

Perceiving Facades VR

Lunchtime Talks

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.

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.

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.

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