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    Sheffield Doc Fest 2019

    Our Immersive Experiences Researcher & KTP associate Verena Henn is at Sheffield Doc Fest this weekend experiencing the latest 360 films in the Alternate Realities VR Cinema and learning about cognition, perception and challenging the norm within digital experience design from Google’s Tea Uglow.

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    On Friday we hosted an exhibition of experimental animation presented by Anim8 X.

    The selected works were a response to an open call for submissions on the theme FUTURE. Exhibiting artists included Butler Brothers, Jay Darlington, Sandrine Deumier, Gabriel Gabriel Garble, and Andy Sowerby.

    More information about Anim8X here

  • RICS Awards 2019

    Three Scottish projects we worked on this year have won at the RICS Awards 2019.

    V&A Dundee picked up the award in the Tourism and Leisure category. Aberdeen Music Hall won the Community Benefit award, and Mackintosh at the Willow won Project of the Year – big congratulations to all three.

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    Subculture 25

    Where did that time go? We’ve spent over 20 years working with the good folk at the legendary Sub Club where we’ve developed some of the clubs most distinctive print and promo campaigns, alongside the sub website, films, special events and installations.

    For Subculture’s 25th anniversary we’ve created some “audio augmented artwork” working alongside long time sub snapper and Glasgow photographic legend Brian Sweeney.

    A limited edition series of images, flyers and posters will be appearing across the city, all enhanced with an exclusive mix from Domenic. See you on the dance floor – Sat 4th May.

  • National Wallace Monument

    The National Wallace Monument re-opens today, celebrating it’s 150th anniversary with a complete refurbishment.

    We were commissioned to create the centrepiece film for the new Hall of Arms, it follows the emotional journey of Wallace’s life, his rise to prominence, the victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge and his elevation to national icon.

    Our team worked with illustrator Richard Anderson to create an animated film with a bold, monochromatic illustrative style, an immersive 5:1 soundtrack was created by Giles Lamb with narration delivered in eight languages.

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    Plymouth Filming

    On location in Plymouth shooting interviews for a collection of documentary films we’re making for The Box — Plymouth’s brand new museum. We visited several important archeological sites including Kitley and Cattledown Caves, and scientists talked us through their current research at The Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

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    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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    Ministerial Visit

    MSP Ivan McKee, Scottish Minister for Trade, Investment & Innovation visited our R&D department ISO*Labs this morning, and, along with Professor Nick Higgins from University of the West of Scotland, we shared our experience being part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme (KTP), how it has enabled us to explore cutting edge immersive technologies and create innovative prototypes. Minister McKee announced that record breaking amounts are being spent on research and development in Scotland (£2.5bn), driven by strong growth in business investment in R&D.

    The Minister also had a chance to see Kristalpallast, a VR piece developed by our KTP Associate Verena Henn which premiered at Glasgow Short Film Festival earlier this month, DIGITAL LAOCOÖN, the immersive VR documentary we created in partnership with GSA and AHRC, and hear about a brand new research led project we’re undertaking in collaboration with Glasgow Life and The Royal Conservatiore of Scotland which explores Gaelic’s place in contemporary Scottish culture through digital immersive experiences, produced by ISO’s own Gaelic speaker Lauren Glasgow.


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    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats

    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam & Stories officially opened today following a £25m redevelopment. The new museum, located on the shore of Lake Windermere, houses an internationally significant collection of boats, steam launches and yachts.

    We created all the AVs for the museum – from playful interactives to multi-screen films, exploring the lake’s history, iconic boats, world record attempts, and the craft of boat building.

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    UWS Immersive Symposium and VR Exhibition

    We were at the University of the West of Scotland’s Creative Media Academy today for a UWS Immersive symposium on Virtual Reality and its uses in higher education. BAFTA award winning producer Catherine Allen of Limina Immersive was the keynote speaker who spoke about learning through immersion.

    There were also a number of interesting panel discussions from areas of psychology, healthcare, computing, heritage and design. Our KTP associate Verena Henn joined one of the panels to present her latest research into prototyping immersive experiences for the Cultural Sector.

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    My Wolf Dog by Linden Kingston

    This weekend we hosted an exhibition of new work by current GSA Fine Art Photography student Linden Kingston.

    ‘My Wolf Dog’ explores what we have lost in nature and culture through a global shift into the Anthropocene through photographs, text and performative storytelling.

    You can view more of Linden’s work here

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    For No Good Reason Screening

    Ahead of the premiere of his latest film ‘Prophecy’ at GFF2019, Director Charlie Paul came down to iso for a special one off screening of his 2012 feature documentary For No Good Reason, an intimate and exhilarating journey into the mind of acclaimed British artist and illustrator Ralph Steadman. The film is a true labour of love that took 15 years to make, and takes us through 40 years of Steadman’s life and art including his time with gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson.

    Special thanks to the director Charlie, producer Lucy and editor Joby for participating in the post screening Q&A.

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    Studio 39 @ GSA

    We’re happy to announce that our collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art has been awarded follow on funding from the AHRC.

    We are further developing our virtual space, Studio 39 – one of Mackintosh’s original painting studios and the focus of the restoration work carried out after the 2014 fire. Our virtual Studio 39 was created using cloud point scans from the original space which, in addition to the Laocoön statue, we intend to populate with more 3D artefacts and add a number of new interactive elements.

    Visitors will be able to explore a rich array of assets and stories in new, immersive, and emotionally engaging ways. We hope that Studio 39 will be used once more as an architectural space for learning, with plans to develop similar immersive ‘deep dive’ environments for education and research.  


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    Waldorf Astoria

    New York x New Work.

    We’re just back from our first week on site at an exciting new commission for the iconic Waldorf Astoria NYC currently undergoing a multi-billion dollar restoration.

    We’re creating a motion gallery to tell the story of this great Art Deco hotel. Our series of immersive films will celebrate the defining moments of the hotel’s history, it’s international significance and legacy.

    Due to open 2021.


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    新年快乐 / 新年快樂

    Here’s look at our recent installation for V&A Shekou – the first V&A outpost to be launched outside London. Visitors interact with the large video display via the WeChat app to select from over 250 design objects from the collection to reveal their hidden Design Values before creating personal design statements to share socially and add to the Gallery’s permanent collection of user-generated slogans.

    Happy year of the pig!