This course will be taught on a face-to-face basis.
The interdisciplinary collective BeAnotherLab proposes exploring the possibilities and new horizons that are presented in the narrative sphere by immersive formats, combining virtual reality and embodiment techniques.
This course proposes a 24-hour theoretical-cum-practical journey designed to become aware of and explore the possibilities and new horizons that, on a narrative level, are proposed by immersive formats based on the combination of Virtual Reality and “embodiment” techniques, i.e. the perception of inhabiting a body different from one’s own.
During the course, participants will be able to experiment with some of the different formats for design, interaction and creation in Immersive Virtual Reality developed by the artistic and research collective BeAnotherLab in its project “The Machine To Be Another”*, while at the same time obtaining a historical perspective regarding research intoi embodiment illusions in cognitive sciences and neuropsychology. They will learn how to create “Embodied Virtual Reality” experiences and participate in the practical process of creation of an immersive narrative in VR 360º format.
By combining theory and practice in every session, those attending will have the opportunity to participate organically in the entire process of creation and production of an immersive 360º narrative, from writing the script and the initial design of the prototype for interaction to the production and final presentation of the experience. BeAnotherLab will guide and assist the throughout the creative process and will place at the disposal of participants the material and technical knowledge necessary for production (VR Ready computers, 180/360º cameras, binaural microphones, VR reproduction devices, video stitching devices, general post-production techniques, etc.). The course offers, therefore, the possibility for initialisation and familiarisation with this type of equipment and techniques.
*“The Machine To Be Another” (TMBA), or in Catalan, “La Màquina de Ser Un altre”, is a bodified Virtual Reality System that enables individuals to experience the world through the eyes and the body of another person. Through a combination of virtual reality, cognitive sciences and digital and performative arts, TMBA offers users the possibility of seeing themselves in a different body while they move and interact with the space and with realistic sensorial feedback. The system also functions as an open platform for co-designing immersive experiences based on the premise of managing to inhabit the skin of another person.
Organised by: Sala Beckett and Hangar
Within the GREC 2020 Festival of Barcelona.
BeAnotherLab is an interdisciplinary collective founded informally in 2012 and established as a Cultural Association in 2016. The organisation promotes knowledge flow between techno-scientific, artistic and social disciplines that are made tangible in dialogue with various sectors of society. Its main work, “The Machine to Be Another”, is a collection of knowledge and immersive technology that generates the illusion of embodying a real other person. Based on this possibility of being someone else, the collective promotes the adopting of perspective, empathy and familiarity towards other realities. Thus, its main objectives are:
-promoting the adopting of a perspective, focusing on opening up dialogue with stigmatised sectors of society.
-provoking critical positions between different forms of knowledge, providing a fundamental role to the body and the community in the face of today’s economic and techno-scientific development.
-seeking new forms of collaboration and sustainability that are for the collective be
nefit. “The Machine To Be Another” (TMBA), or “La Màquina de Ser Un altre”, is a corporified Virtual Reality System that enables individuals to experience the world through the eyes and body of another person. Through a combination of virtual reality, cognitive sciences and digital and performing arts, TMBA offers users the possibility of seeing themselves in a different body as they move and interact with the space with realistic sensory feedback. The system also functions as an open platform for co-designing immersive experiences based on the premise of managing to inhabit the skin of another.
This long-term research into how to promote empathy between individuals from different social, cultural and ideological contexts has been used to tackle questions such as cultural bias and racial prejudice, immigration, the generational link, conflict resolution and bodily extension. Furthermore, as an open and low-cost system (Creative Commons noncommercial ShareAlike), TMBA functions as a narrative tool with a broad potential for social activisim and for the audiovisual and performing arts, as well as the fields of education, psychology and health.