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.
As part of Festival 2018 and Glasgow’s linking to Berlin for the European Championships, we invited Berlin-based audio/visual artist Tom Scholefield (aka Konx-on-Pax) to host a retrospective exhibition. The show featured record sleeve designs, graphic prints, posters, 3D visuals and video work from 2005 – 2018, showcasing Tom’s unique and immediately identifiable vibrant aesthetic. For the Preview weekend, Tom was also joined by Glasgow DJs Sofay and Ribeka for an exclusive live set in the ISO screening room before playing an exclusive live AV set in George Square with Mogwai’s Barry Burns and his band SUMS.
Tom has had his directorial work shown in different publications and festivals all over the world and is known for his psychedelic 3D live visuals for artists such as Lone and his own performances. In more recent years, he has worked with labels such as Warp Records, Brainfeeder, Hyperdub and LuckyMe and he continues to release his own electronic music on Planet Mu.
As part of Festival 18 and The Merchant City Festival, we are hosting the first gallery exhibition of Ex-ISO studio member and Berlin-based audio/visual artist Tom Scholefield and a screening of Run Lola Run in in our Merchant City studio.
Tom, better known as Konx-Om-Pax takes classic 80s sci-fi and modernist cues to create a vivid aesthetic that has shaped the looks of musicians such as Hudson Mohawke, Oneohtrix Point Never and Keudo. Run Lola Run is a critically acclaimed tense thriller which was filmed in and around Berlin in 1998.
ISO are delighted to welcome Verena Henn to the studio. Verena is a Researcher and Interactive Developer and will be based out of ISO under her 2-year KTP Associate position at the UWS School of Media, Culture and Society.
The KTP (Knowledge Transfer Programme) is one of Innovate UK’s flagship innovation support schemes for developing links between academia and industry and the Associate role is a high profile position focussed on developing our next generation of business leaders.
Verena will be embedded with our R&D team exploring the practical applications of virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Verena was previously at interactive Studio Grosse8 in Cologne.
This month we welcome Kagan Kaya to the ISO studio who is joining us for a three-month internship.
Kagan is currently a masters student at the Glasgow School of Art where he is studying Communications Design after graduating from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.
Originally interested in editorial and print media he has since been exploring motion graphics and augmented reality technologies.
We were commissioned by BBC Scotland to produce the title sequence and 77 individual motion graphics for a new three-part series, Scotland From the Sky. The series charts a century of aerial photography and witnesses the changes in rural and urban landscapes.
Author and presenter James Crawford guides us through a mix of aviation adventure and historical detective work from long-lost landmarks to shining a light onto early military recognisance as he explores Scotland from the air.
We used a variety of techniques from re-animating archive stills with 2.5D displacement, augmenting aerial footage with CGI reconstruction and animating maps as historical archive merged into modern views of Scotland
ISO designer Robert Duncan ventured off to Berlin in May to attend the Pictoplasma conference and festival. The event is a hub for those looking to immerse themselves in contemporary character design and art.
Robert had kept the festival on his radar for a long time and this year decided to take the plunge and submit his work. The artists at the events were hugely inspiring and the level of talent and success they exuded on stage was something he’s keen to emulate.
The GIF attached is Robert’s submission – Amaxius, 5th Level Wizard!
We’re pleased to announce that Pawel Kudel is now a full-time member of the ISO team. He’s our R&D Technician and will continue to research emerging immersive technologies.
Pawel is a recent graduate of the Interaction Design course at the Glasgow School of Art where he collaborated with the Scottish Ballet and Dancer and Choreographer, Sophie Laplane, to create an interactive digital installation for the Scottish Ballet’s Digital Season, Under The Skin.
A major collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art and ISO on an exciting new project will bring the fire damaged life-sized statues, originally in the Macintosh building back to life using virtual and augmented reality.
The award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) allows us and the School of Simulation and Visualisation department (SimVis) at the GSA to build a prototype of the iconic Laocoon statue. The statue has been 3D scanned by the SimVis department and visitors will be able to interact and learn more about the statue, on tablets and VR headsets.
We’ve just completed the first of our workshops with a wider curatorial and expert team, with more happening over summer 2018 before the opening in spring 2019.
ISO will be working with PhD student Ronnie Campbell, 1 of the 13 PhD students funded by the National Productivity Investment Fund, to facilitate the development of tools and techniques, models and recommendations for a variety of situations allowing ISO Design to help guide clients in their conception and delivery of media exhibits so that these match user needs and behaviours.
Ronnie’s specialization is audio and has recently been utilizing the upgraded ambisonic sound booth in the Glasgow School of Art’s Sim Vis Department which is able to envelop listeners in an ambisonic sound sphere made up of 16 speakers, creating 3D spatialized sound.
ISO are again working with our friends at the Roman Baths in Bath and EVENT to develop a new interactive installation. It will allow the visitor to explore the entire Roman Baths complex as it would have appeared in its heyday on an immense 84” dual screen multi-user touch table.
While exploring a digital plan of the bathhouses, motion-captured characters of the period are presented on secondary screens to allow the visitor a cinematic view of day-to-day on-site, with the characters in their surroundings. The work is an extension of our original film and CGI installations for the Baths which used live action and animated characters to tell a series of narratives through the buildings and outhouse of the location.
We can’t show any shots of the interactive, but we can show you a picture of 10 of us trying to get the touchscreen back in its box!
Opening in Summer 2018.
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.
ISO have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the School of Immersion at The University of the West of Scotland (UWS). KTP is a highly competitive UK-wide funded program designed to develop strategic links between industry and academia where University research staff are applied to live projects.
The award will fund a new KTP associate for 2-years where they will join ISO’s emerging R&D department.
Big thanks go to KTP West and Professor Nick Higgins for helping us steer the application home – the highest scored UK submission!
Congratulations to frequent ISO collaborator and illustrator Will Anderson on scooping a BAFTA nomination for his animated short film Have Heart. The film is about an animated gif, trapped in a loop on the internet and what it feels like to be alive online through his character.
The film evolved during the daily commute between Edinburgh and ISO’s studio in Glasgow.
This is Will’s second BAFTA nomination having won his first in 2013 for The Making of Longbird.
Keeping our fingers crossed for a win!
ISO was a hub for this year’s Global Game Jam. The worldwide three-day event was open to all who wanted to challenge themselves and develop an interactive game within 48 hours with only a theme to work on. This year’s theme was ‘Transmission’.
Our team of 8, formed of ISO staff, colleagues and friends, quickly set to work creating a message collecting game, titled ‘RE-EARTH’, which was a fun, short narrative experience.
More information on the Global Game Jam can be found here:- https://globalgamejam.org/about