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AND Festival 2015: In the Eyes of the Animal / AND Festival 2015

In the Eyes of the Animal was commissioned by AND for AND Festival 2015, which took place in Grizedale Forest, Cumbria (UK) in September 2015. It is embarking on a UK and international tour throughout 2016, full tour dates can be found here

This new commission is enabling audiences to encounter England’s forests anew through an immersive virtual reality experience, told by the inhabitants of the forest. This 360 degree experience is a speculative short story focusing on the life-cycle of three species. This was manifested in Grizedale Forest as a series of sculptural headsets installed amongst the trees in a secluded part of the forest.

Creative collective Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) delight in exploring the line between virtual and real-world experiences. This project invited audiences to a unique virtual reality setting created specifically for the Forest. Filmed using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or ‘drones’ and bespoke 360º cameras, it was set to a binaural soundtrack using audio recordings sourced from the surrounding woodland.

Documentation of the installation at AND Festival 2015 below:

In the Eyes of the Animal

Marshmallow Laser Feast / Part of AND Festival 2015

Artist bio:

Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) is a creative studio exploring the line between virtual and real-world experiences. Headed by Robin McNicholas and Barney Steel, their interests are routed in creating people-centred, live interactive work. They have flawlessly conceived, designed and delivered highly aesthetic and evocative showstoppers in collaboration with many brands, musicians, advertising agencies, event organisers and art institutions. Their work for U2’s ‘Invisible’ Super Bowl promo and the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase has brought a plethora of digital art experiences to the live environment. MLF recently joined forces with Chris Milk’s VRSE.works to explore the new world of virtual reality. They are currently developing a broad range of VR experiences.

Credits

Commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Forestry Commission England’s Forest Art Works. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices and Marshmallow Laser Feast. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England.Equipment Support by Nvidia and Sub Pac.