ABOUT

An open 360/ VR/ XR collaborative group based in Bristol. This group’s aim is to encourage a broader and inclusive spectrum of individuals within this emerging media by democratising access to materials, funding and resources. In particular the group is aimed at boosting representation of women, POC, LGBTQ+ and other ‘othered’ and excluded groups through organising skill sharing workshops and ongoing collaborative practice that prioritises flexible access funding to support and facilitate participation.

ABOUT

An open 360/ VR/ XR collaborative group based in Bristol. This group’s aim is to encourage a broader and inclusive spectrum of individuals within this emerging media by democratising access to materials, funding and resources. In particular the group is aimed at boosting representation of women, POC, LGBTQ+ and other ‘othered’ and excluded groups through organising skill sharing workshops and ongoing collaborative practice that prioritises flexible access funding to support and facilitate participation.

We try to stay informal, free of cost, and easy to understand!

 

As part of our DIY workshops, we bring focus on critical thinking, analysing VR case studies, and combating new industry challenges.
 

If we host or work with self-funded / white / hetero / cis male collaborators, we teach the importance of supporting and using any inherent power and privilege, to platform our peers.

TESTIMONIALS

"[The workshop] has already made my brain start whirling around with things I'd like to try to explore."

"Your insights have definitely given me a confidence boost in understanding VR creatively. " 

"Really enjoyed how equally relaxing and productive the sessions were. They were facilitated really well, made the whole process of creating 360 video much less intimidating - very accessible and easily understandable!"

 
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THE ARTISTS

Tessa​ Ratuszynska 

Tessa Ratuszynska is an artist working in Documentary, Virtual Reality and Installation and has a background in video art and performance. Tessa has curated, programmed and managed Virtual Reality spaces at festivals and events including Sheffield Doc Fest’s VR Campfire and Open City Doc Fest. She has a continued collaboration as Creative Producer to Artist Jane Gauntlett, and produced the VR piece for two Intimacy which premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest 2017.

 

Currently, Tessa is doctoral researcher at the University of the West of Scotland, part of the UWS Immersive research group. Tessa also works as a curator for VR and independently programmes VR for national and international exhibitions at film and arts festivals. Tessa is a founding member of the collaborative project ‘THE OTHVRS’: a collection of artists working in 360 film to create experimental works exploring neuro-divergent, queer and other ‘othered’ experiences. In all her work Tessa is concerned with skill sharing, representation, inclusivity and accessibility for audiences and makers within the VR and the immersive media landscape. 

www.tratuszynska.com

Fi Nicholson

Fi is a 360 / VR Filmmaker, a New Media Storyteller, and an Immersive Theatre practitioner. From visual arts to performance, Fi is an enthusiast for narrative storytelling and artist-led experimentation in VR, MR, and games. Fi has worked with creators such as Surround Vision, Visualise, Parable VR, Sky VR, and Mammalian Diving Reflex on 360 film productions. Often Fi can be found collaborating with Limina Immersive, exhibitioning content to new audiences at arts venues, or at festivals around the world. Previously Deputy Manager at Limina Immersive's VR Theatre in the heart of Bristol.

Fi is interested in VR's ability to reveal the neurodivergent experience and to give voices to marginalised practitioners and audiences. Fi rejects inaccessible fine art practices, exclusionary vocabulary, and industry paywalls.

www.finicholson.com

@Finicholson

instagram.com/dolfuns

Isla Badenoch

 

Isla is an emerging documentary filmmaker, a creative producer and established visual artist. Isla has an MA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and has exhibited her projects both in the UK and internationally. Isla has worked for a diverse variety of creative industries; from programming film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest, writing articles for The Guardian to scripting audio trails for National Heritage sites across the UK.

Isla has developed several international documentary films on subjects ranging from religious tolerance in Sierra Leone, the Danish UN General Secretary, families surviving baby loss and pub closures in rural parts of the UK. Having been awarded funding in the UK and Denmark, her filmmaking and Virtual Reality projects focus on mental health, youth culture, LGBT gender identity and human rights issues.

www.islabadenoch.com

Freya Campbell

Freya is an indie game developer, musician and VR busybody. Following a BA in Creative Recording in Brighton, she has recording studio lead &/or assistant credits on a couple of albums by UK artists ranging from chart pop to avant-garde. Her narrative games work has been exhibited at multiple locations and events, including AdventureX 2018 & 2019, Wordplay 2018 & 2019, the National Videogame Museum, and London Southbank University. In 2019 she joined Limina Immersive for the launch of their VR Theatre, which she managed for 6 months alongside pop-up events, film festivals, and talks on responsible exhibition practices for VR screenings.

Freya likes to create subdued or understated work, rather than pushing a medium to its full potential for emotional devastation, and to include themes of hopefulness, comfort and LGBTQ representation. She particularly enjoys finding new uses for old technology, embracing rough edges and analogue character, and believes strongly in creating work that is financially & technologically accessible.


Twitter: https://twitter.com/spdrcstl
itch.io (games stuff): https://communistsister.itch.io
Bandcamp: https://freyacampbell.bandcamp.com
Website: https://spdrcstl.com

 

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A collaborative group working towards inclusivity and accessibility for artists in the VR / AR / XR industries.

Bristol // London // Glasgow