Other digital elements included holographic capture, something Ben was extremely interested in, especially as its use in entertainment was classed both revolutionary and controversial (see Tweet about Prince, Right). However, after discussing it as a possibility, it was made clear that using it was never going to happen on a student budget. However, it could be done economically and efficiently in Virtual Reality. ty
When meeting again before the second year, both Carly and Ben discussed their ideas. Ben mentioned that he'd love to explore VR and the digital performer, but the concept was still very much in it's rawest form. Carly then spoke about sensory elements and how VR was very much a visual art form. She proposed the idea of making the style even more immersive for participants - by adding other sensory elements to aid the imagery on screen. With her experience in video and audio editing from her undergraduate studies, she was interested in applying these skills to a virtual realm. Having a wide knowledge of movement from her previous degree and seventeen years of dance training, she was excited to use those skills to enhance the quality of the immersive elements of their work. The right project had been found, and a partnership formed.
Each of us had a specific focus within this research. Ben wanted to explore how audience perception could be manipulated using VR & sensory experiences in order to create an immersive narrative. Carly focused on the fusion of the cyborg audience-participant with structured choreography and sensory elements, exploring how/if this fusion created an enhanced emotional experience. This research focus developed and changed throughout the year, eventually culminating in her dissertation on the audience-participant's feeling of dual-presence in VR immersive theatre through the use of sensory elements.
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Attached here are our Sustained Independent Project Proposal forms. Click on our names to view each draft:
Ben (Original/First Proposal)
Carly (Original/First Proposal)
Ben (Revised Proposal)
Carly (Revised Proposal)