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

Bristol // London // Brighton

PROJECTS

WORKSHOPS

Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival took place 1st - 10th March 2019 featuring diverse artists and musicians working at the edges of digital arts, electronic music and live performance. 

In these sessions we explored the potential transformative experiences and to use virtual reality as a space to explore new ways of connecting with others, using the backdrop of the immersive experiences at Submerge. 

QIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival) was formed with the aim of adding to the exciting and growing amount of queer film stuff happening around Scotland. 

The OthVRs' projects were screened alongside some amazing VR heavyweights, and embrace the benefits of hearing positive feedback in-person from audiences then-and-there!

Edinburgh International Film Festival invited in The OthVRs to facilitate a hands-on workshop at EIFF Youth HQ.

We learnt about the basics of VR, found the rules, broke the rules, and co-created together, and screened a narrative led-piece with the youth.​

The film was screened to audiences on the 29th June.

Let's talk about our gripes and reservations about VR. We explore this conversation and critique of the modern generation of headsets, with our pop-up photography studio for Brighton Digital Festival 2019.

From tight Velcro straps that can be a nightmare for those with natural hair, ponytails, and traditional or religious headwear, to unresolved concerns about hygiene, make up, glasses fogging up, eye-line and head and neck weight-loading for different bodies, the current generation of headsets are giving many people the impression that VR is simply ‘not for them’.

See Gallery here

Riga International Film Festival, Latvia's biggest film festival hosted in the beautiful​ city of Riga held some inspirational talks from VR creators covering a variation of topics.

 

The OthVRs joined to provide talks and mentoring for a two day Hackathon event, which they then joined in to judge, and decide on the winners.

The Digital Arts Festival RISEBA also welcomed Fi for a critical discussion on ethics in documentary and documentary VR from Fi and Tessa.

 

 

The Limina VR Theatre hosted a special curation from The OthVRs co-founder Tessa Ratuszynka for Pride Month in Bristol this July.

If you've missed the screenings you can watch and read about some of the curation online:

Virtual Drag 

Authentically Us

Through Darcelle's Eyes

The OthVRs run topic-based series' of Workshops developed to be accessible and inclusive to  underrepresented newcomers to VR and 360 film. The workshops aims are often to demystify and democratise the tech and explore new forms within the medium.

These workshops are based in The Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio.

Contact us to enquire about future workshops

Intimate and emotional stories inside VR: a free and informal workshop for everyone and anyone. Explore the medium's unique abilities to capture intimacy and emotion.

Looking into the specific Personal and Confessional nature of VR, and its ability to give space to witness the accounts of others. The group got to know some key works, discuss VR’s unique emotional impact as a medium, and make a Lo-Fi VR experience themselves.

360 VIDEOS

In association with The OthVRs, Gimme One is a virtual reality art project which will tell the story of four members of the ballroom community using 360 degree cameras and volumetric capture.

 

project will paint portraits of the artists and depict their movements using digital techniques. The experience will be narrative-based using voice overs from interviews and a composed score to compliment the visuals. The virtual reality piece will be projected into a 360 dome on 12th December in Bristol, United Kingdom.

See the website here for more info

Coverage of the 50th anniversary of the beloved St Pauls Carnival in Bristol in 360 degrees - Wade through the crowds and experience the unique and vibrant culture and atmosphere the festival brings to the city.

Captured for historical purposes and shot by members of The OthVRs' June Workshops. This shoot was an outcome of a series of "Liveness & VR" workshops.

Watch it here.

Sit atop Ladye Bay and enjoy the view, as you are narrated the classic retelling of Little Red Cap by the Brothers Grimm.

Made for the "LOROS VR For Good competition", Little Red Cap is a meditative experience, designed with those in mind, watching from home, a hospice, or a hospital environment. 

Watch it here.

'Paranormal Anxiety' is a supernatural and experimental piece, externalising the internalised world of our narrator, as she spends a long night in a strange bed.

 

Made exclusively for Veer TV's #ThroughHerLens event, this project was produced, shot, and edited in two days.

Watch it here.