Ghosts in VR - Sandpit

ACMI
Ghosts in VR

THE BRIEF..........................

To create an immersive installation for a virtual reality version of our collaboration with Google’s Creative Lab ‘Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid’.

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THE PROJECT.........................

After our hugely successful installation and collaboration with Google’s Creative Lab ‘Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid’ the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) wanted to acquire the work into their permanent collection.

Taking a 360˚ video we filmed of the original project in early 2016 we worked with Grumpy Sailor to create an app and an immersive installation for the foyer at ACMI.

Visitors are greeted by an ACMI staff member who sends them off to one of two specially designed booths via a ouija board. Designed by Renate Henschke and resembling something like a funeral parlour in Las Vegas, the booths contain a ghost sheet housing a hidden virtual reality visor and headphones. Depending on which booth you visit, you are magically transported back to the life of characters Steve or Maude where you can revisit the kitchen where they fell in love and grew old. Ghosts provokes a meditation on our propensity to keep secrets, the words that go unheard, and what this means for our relationships.

Combining localised sound, ghostly visual effects and the device’s internal camera to transport users from the real world into the past, Ghosts in VR takes virtual reality to a whole new level.

THE TECHNOLOGY..........................

Android app, Samsung Gear, virtual reality, the occult

CREDITS..........................

Directed by Sandpit
Text by Katherine Fyffe & the Cast
Set & Costume Design by Renate Henschke
Sound & Music by Jed Palmer & Zoë Barry

Performed & Devised by
Tilda Cobham-Hervey
Maude Davey
Patrick Frost
David Heinrich
Chrissie Page
Lewis Rankin
Stephen Sheehan

Set built by Ben (Bosco) Shaw
Technology Produced by Grumpy Sailor

Courtesy of ACMI, images by photographer Steffen Pedersen

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WHAT'S BEEN SAID..........................

“As ACMI seeks to commission ground breaking VR projects, Sandpit and their partners were the ideal collaborators. Skilled at creating performative and immersive experiences into new realms for their audiences, with this project they took it another step – a theatrical live work with bold digital interventions adapted into a VR installation piece that again pushed the edge of what technology can deliver. We are thrilled with the result!”

Katrina Sedgwick, Director & CEO
Australian Centre for the Moving Image

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