• Library of Light: Encounters with Artists and Designers

    Our site specific VR piece 7 Sirens features in the new book by Jo Joelson, Library of Light: Encounters with Artists and Designers.

    Through short essays and interviews with artists, curators and producers, Library of Light aims to broaden our understanding of light as a creative medium and examine its impact on our cultural history and the role it plays in the new frontiers of art, design and technology. Our interview focusses on how we create immersive VR installations.

    Fellow contributors include Jason Bruges, Richard Wilson, Ernest Edmonds, Paule Constable, Liliane Lijn, Susan Hiller and Yoko Ono.

    Available here

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  • Mackintosh at the Willow

    1906 saw the opening of an astonishing piece of architecture for its time. Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed a groundbreaking building and interiors for Mrs Cranston’s Tea Room empire in Glasgow. Over a hundred years later we have created a 4k centrepiece film, Mackintosh and the Making of the Willow for the new visitor centre.

    Supplied with Mackintosh’s original plans and photographs of the site, we created a CGI model, showing the building and interiors he and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh designed. The rooms have been recreated showing the distinctive character and design he is famous for. It’s the finale of the centre before visitors step next door to the faithfully re-created original Willow Tea Room.

    Now open to the public at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.



  • Beckett by The Secret Experiment

    ISO associate Simon Meek released his latest interactive through his boutique studio The Secret Experiment.

    Beckett is a unique narrative experience, leaving you with questions on what it means to exist, which will resonate with you long after finishing the game. Simon and Gordon Bell created many of the assets and graphics by hand and produced all the audio and SFX.

    Check out or buy Beckett here.

    Visit The Secret Experiment


  • V&A Design Gallery in Shenzhen

    The first V&A museum outside of London opens this week in the city of Shenzhen, China. The galleries present a history of design production to a new Chinese audience and is the first collaboration of its kind between the V&A and a Chinese partner.

    ISO were invited to create a digital experience that was the finale of the visit; visitors are invited to interact via their mobile phones or interactive tablets with a large video display that captures their psychological profiles by asking them to select design objects from the collection. They can then send their own personal design statements to be added to a permanent collection of user generated slogans. The exhibit explores the Chinese audience’s use of the worlds most popular app We Chat and QR codes to allow for the sharing of data and connection in real time.

    Have a read of It’s Nice That’s feature on the museum


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  • The Library of Light by Jo Joelson

    We welcomed artist and author Jo Joelson to the studio as part of her research for her latest book, Library of Light, which reflects on the use of light in creative practices and the role that light plays in culture and more widely in society.

    Jo interviewed Damien and Clyde and has included ISO’s site-specific immersive VR project, Siren Servers as one of the featured works in the book, which will sit alongside works by artists including Yoko Ono, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Bill Drummond, Haroon Mirza and Jason Bruges.

    The book will be published by Lund Humphries in October 2018.

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  • ISO’s new studio!

    We are pleased to announce the relocation of ISO to 65 Virginia Street in Glasgow’s vibrant Merchant City. In many ways a return for us as our first (tiny) studio was three blocks away on Albion Street, 15 years ago. We’ve spent the last 18 months stripping the space back to a shell and redesigning with architects Brian McGinley and Mark Bell at NORD / McGinlay Bell.

    Sat on one of the area’s oldest, most historic streets, the building was in previous lives home to a tobacco merchant, one of Glasgow’s earliest print shops and will now be ISO’s home for the foreseeable future.

    The three story Victorian unit now has a spacious open plan studio for our designers and developers, a social floor for meetings and quiet spaces and a subterranean screening room and live events space. We even have a sunken garden now.

    If you are looking for a base for hot-desking or need access to meeting rooms, the studio or event space drop our Studio Coordinator a message. We would love to hear from you.

    Special thanks to Gillian Hayes of Dapple photography for the images.

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  • AV Magazine features IWM

    AV Magazine have just published a comprehensive technical feature on the new First World War Galleries at IWM. Featuring a number of the exhibits ISO created, the article explores the innovative methods that IWM have used to change the way that narrative-based museums create galleries.

    Focussing on the balance between technology and content, the feature explores how interactive and animation elements came together to deliver an experience which reveals the poignant and varied realities of the war.

    Since the Museum’s re-opening this Summer, there has been an overwhelming response from the public with visitors waiting in queues of up to three hours to experience the new gallery.

    Read the full feature online with AV’s digital publication.

  • AV Magazine Feature

    AV Magazine has published an in-depth technical feature on Glasgow’s XX Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. The article looks at what it took to create the visuals for the 100m wide LED screen at the event.

    It also details the audio and lighting plans for the night, including the installation of 2,200 lighting fixtures without obscuring Europe’s largest ever LED screen.

    Read the full feature online with AV’s digital publication.