Where can you go on a wildlife safari in South Africa, stand amid a world-class orchestra playing in a French cathedral, fly through the work of surrealist artist René Magritte or enjoy a trip through Dakar in Senegal – all under one roof? At the Limina VR Weekender in Bristol.
This new event, which will take place at The Watershed, will be the UK’s first dedicated VR Festival and feature a weekend of creative virtual reality sessions.
Curated by Bristol’s Catherine Allen, who led the production of two of the BBC’s first VR experiences before launching her new VR Exhibition company Limina Immersive, the event will be a feast of world-class VR experiences.
These include work by Aardman, The Guardian, BDH and the Bristol-based Natural History VR studio.
The festival starts on Friday evening with How to Read VR, a discussion featuring a range of the UK’s leading VR experts which explores how to unpack a VR experience critically to discover its layers of meaning. This is followed by Wonderful You, created by Bristol-based VR pioneers BDH Immersive, that invites audiences to meet their unborn self and learn about how foetus’ develop their five senses.
On Saturday and Sunday the festival presents different VR Sessions which each last approximately one hour long and include a selection of VR experiences followed by a post-show discussion with the curator.
Verity Mcintosh from Watershed says “There has been a lot of hype around VR in recent years, and yet the opportunities for audiences to experience high quality storytelling in virtual worlds remains markedly low. Artists around the world are making incredible, immersive experiences, but without the established routes to audiences enjoyed by cinema, television and games, creators can struggle to get their work in front of audiences. We are delighted to be working with our friends at Limina Immersive to bridge that gap and bring an eclectic, world-class programme of virtual reality to Bristol.”
Catherine Allen, VR curator and director of Limina says “After the success of curating the sold out VR Sessions season in June for Watershed it is fantastic to be teaming up again to bring VR to broader audiences. VR is an incredible emerging art form in its own right, and deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. I hope to open our audiences’ senses to an emerging new world of creative potential.”
For more information and ticket details see the Limina VR Weekender programme here.
Verity McIntosh, Watershed