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    StoryTrails, Unboxed: Creativity in the UK

    Introducing StoryTrails!
    As part of the Storytrails Collective we are one of the 10 projects commissioned for UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, which aims to bring people together and reach millions through free, large-scale immersive installations and accessible digital experiences in the UK’s most ambitious showcase of creative collaboration, going live across the country in Summer 2022.

    At the heart of StoryTrails will be the recruitment of the next generation of UK-based talent to help tell the stories of our communities. Across 15 towns and cities they will work closely with local people in each place to gather unknown, surprising and intriguing stories. Fifty creatives will be trained to use state-of-the-art immersive technologies to showcase and produce these stories in new and surprising ways. Led by Story Futures Academy, the StoryTrails Collective want to ensure that the UK’s creative industries are not only the best trained in the use of emerging and immersive technologies but that the future workforce properly represents the diversity of the UK.

    StoryTrails is delivered in partnership with The British Film Institue, broadcaster and film-maker, David Olusoga, BBC, Uplands Television, Nexus Studios and ourselves. It will use leading edge technology from Niantic, makers of Pokemon Go and it will be brought to life in The Reading Agency’s national network of libraries embedding the project back in local communities, with event-making specialists Produce UK.

    Find out more about the project by clicking here. Includes details on how to apply to be one of the 50 creatives – now open!

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    Beyond Conference 2021

    We’ll be virtually joining BEYOND FESTIVAL in Belfast on Wednesday sharing our TRAMWAY REVISITED project. Funded by Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund it’s a 12 month R&D challenge bringing arts producers and venues together with specialists in digital experience design, architecture, visualisation and audience engagement to find new solutions that support recovery for the arts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We partnered with
    Glasgow Tramway, McGinlay Bell, Stageport, Indigo-Ltd, RVT Parametrix and Asè Consulting LLC to develop a range of pilots and prototypes including working with Glasgow International.

    BEYOND is a unique, annual gathering focused on Research and Development across the Creative Industries. Now in its fourth year, the conference will be hybrid, taking place at Titanic Belfast and online on the 20-21 October 2021. Join us as we take part in the Immersive Futures Lab showcase – as one of 9 featured projects that demonstrate innovative ideas, new types of content and novel uses of technologies.

    We will be speaking at “Meet the Makers” session 17.00 – 18.00 on Wednesday 20th October to preview our Tramway Revisited project, but Beyond has two days of great speakers, demos and discussions. If that’s your thing, click this link to find out more about the festival and Tramway Revisited. Virtual exhibition view: Sammy Baloji, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Glasgow International 2021 at Tramway

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    ‘The Box on The Box’ nominated for National Lottery ‘Project of the Year’

    One of our projects completed during lockdown was The Box, Plymouth – the country’s largest new museum that brought together four collections under one roof. ⁠⁠
    They have been nominated for the National Lottery ‘Project of the Year’ Awards in the Arts, Heritage and Film category and need your votes!⁠⁠
    ‘The Box on The Box’ live streamed films from their archives direct to some of the most isolated and vulnerable people in care homes, NHS wards and memory loss support groups, as an ambitious ‘reminiscence project’.⁠⁠
    The project’s success has since led to ‘The Box on Screen’ – through a pre-recorded format so the films can now be enjoyed by anyone, at any time on YouTube.⁠⁠
    Vote for ‘The Box on The Box’ via this link.

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    We Are Recruiting!

    If you have an interest in helping manage ambitious digital projects that might include the building of realtime worlds, capturing the world around you in 3D, using virtual production to recreate history, help tell untold diverse stories from across the UK… drop us a line.

    As the ISO studio fully opens back up and we start to relaunch our basement events we are looking for a new Studio Co-ordinator to come in and get stuff, and us sorted!

    Our R&D unit isoLABS is looking for a TECHNICAL ASSISTANT to support the team in their explorations into the creative applications of immersive tech.

    For more information click here. More posts to be announced.

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    RIBA Awards

    The RIBA National Award winners have been announced for 2021!

    Congratulations to Carmody Groarke for their Windermere Jetty Museum, as well as Hoskins Architects for their redevelopment and expansion of Aberdeen Art Gallery. Two beautiful projects. We were pleased to develop film and interactive installations for both, working with the exhibition design teams at Real Studios at Windermere and Studio Arc for Aberdeen.


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    The Monarch Theatre at Park Row

    Now open – our first fully immersive gastronomic experience. ‘The Monarch Theatre’ is the centrepiece of the extraordinary Park Row, London – situated over 3 floors beneath Soho’s Brewer St and comprising 5 bars and restaurants that marry high-end drinking and dining with the atmosphere of Batman’s Gotham City.

    The first from restaurateur James Bulmer’s Wonderland Restaurants Group they partnered up with Warner Bros to present a multi-sensory, high end version of Gotham, that subtly pays homage to some of DC universe’s most iconic heroes and villains.

    In the Monarch, over two hours and 13 courses, a narrator guides groups of up to 20 diners on a truly one-of-a-kind show, with carefully crafted physical staging, food and drink that play with the senses.

    Integrating large scale media and 3D sound with the other senses via touch and taste alongside magic and theatricality seems like the next logical step for truly immersive experiences. For the project we partnered with our friends and project producers Sysco Productions on the concept, show and installation design creating the 12K projection space. Audio was delivered via a 12.1 spatial mix, with the original sound design and music composition from regular ISO collaborator composer Giles Lamb. Projection technology via Epson.

    For more information, click here

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    Hans Christian Anderson Hus opens

    The Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark is now open to the public. Designed by Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, with museum design from our friends at Event Communications, they have designed a magical new House of Fairytales concept. Event said that the museum would follow an “immersive theatre” that “taps into a fundamental aspect of fairytales – they are journeys where the line between the everyday and the transformative is blurred”.

    We’ve created a series of interactive installations that play with ideas of storytelling, fantasy and surprise including Magic Mirrors which augment your reflection with costumes of Anderson characters and others where your shadows transform into fantastical characters.

    There is a great case study on the Event site with more information and images

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    Artist in Residence – John Barry

    ⁠Embedding himself in the ISO basement when GSA closed access to their studios, our Artist-In-Residence John Barry beavered away researching the psychogeography of Glasgow, its hidden history and many of its communities, resulting in an amazing range of work from films and performance, graphic works, drawings, sculpture and sound installations. “Lockdown with Feathers”, his exhibition celebrating the first appearance of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy on film together, was then hosted at our studio.

    Undertaking a Masters under lockdown hasn’t been without its challenges and we’ve been pleased to be able to support him. Congratulations to John for recently graduating his masters with a distinction!

  • Night Fever on Sky Arts Documentary

    Tonight 7pm on Sky Arts and then on demand there’s a special documentary on ‘Night Fever – Designing Club Culture’ at V&A Dundee.

    Presenter Kate Bryan will be exploring the exhibition and interviewing Scottish club legends Mike Grieve and Stine Hope alongside Ana Matronic. The film also features our SubClub LiDAR film installation with music from JG Wilkes.

    Night Fever examines the relationship between club culture and design traversing the globe and spanning the 1960s to the present day.

    “Telling after dark stories of experimentation and adventure”. Produced by Unity House.

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    Art of Possible: Business by Design

    For Art of Possible: Business by Design, our head of Research and Innovation at isoLABS, Verena Henn, will be speaking about our exploration of immersive and interactive technologies and their creative applications.

    Other speakers include; Sarah Ellis of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Lauren Dyer of Dimension Studios, Professor Nick Higgins of University of the West of Scotland and chaired by Caroline Parkinson of the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

    10.45am | 17 June | FREE |

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    Dressing above Your station

    An exciting new commission just confirmed with Panel ( and curated by Beca Lipscombe (Atelier EB) and Mairi MacKenzie. Dressing Above Your Station, examines the role of fashion in the work, aspirations and cultural identity of the Scottish painter, Steven Campbell (1953–2007).

    Hosted by Tramway, the exhibition focuses upon the depiction of fashion in a selection on Campbell’s paintings and collages, drawing links with Scotland’s tradition of textile manufacture, as well as the related story told by Campbell’s personal wardrobe and the role it played in forming and reflecting his biography. Central to this aim will be a collection of clothes by the Japanese fashion company, Comme des Garçons acquired by Campbell and his wife Carol in exchange for one of his paintings whilst living in New York in the early 1980s.

    Dressing Above Your Station will take the form of a virtual exhibition designed by us with artist Rob Kennedy, including presentation through a digital twin of Tramway 2 and a physical outdoor projection. The exhibition will be formed by the digital representation of loaned paintings, fashion, physical ephemera and audio and text-based works. In this way, the exhibition intends to investigate, question, challenge and reposition constructs of fashion within contexts of place, identity and our wider culture, and through the work of Steven Campbell.

    Funded by Creative Scotland and supported by isoLABS and Glasgow Life.

    Collage plan c/o Beca Lipscombe.

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    Eloise Shaw at ISO

    We are happy to welcome Eloise Shaw on board as a full time member of ISO. Eloise started with us back in February 2020 as part of our Winter Internship Programme.

    Graduating from Norwich University of the Arts, where she studied Photography, she decided to take a change in direction as she had more of an interest in 3D art and VFX.

    View more of Eloise’s work.

  • HMS Victory

    This month finally sees the re-opening of the new, redesigned HMS Victory gallery within the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. As part of the redevelopment, we’ve delivered the immersive centre piece ‘Remarkable Survivor’, along with a suite of interactive exhibits.⁠⁠

    ‘Remarkable Survivor’ is an ultra widescreen 50 foot wide film within the newly constructed cinematic auditorium; through a combination of dramatised period reconstruction and dynamic CGI the film tells the story of Victory’s 256 year history; from launch to her final present resting place within the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – sat opposite the Museum itself.⁠⁠

    More information and tickets:

    Photos © The National Museum of the Royal Navy

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    Night Fever! @ V&A Dundee

    The new exhibition at the V&A Dundee – “NIGHT FEVER – Designing Club Culture” – opens this weekend.

    Alongside classic Sub Club posters and flyers, they’re screening one of our first ever projects – SUB 18 – a Channel 4 doc we made not seen publicly for 22 years. Also included in the exhibition is a new digital installation we created with JG Wilkes from Optimo that will present the club in a way you’ve never seen before…⁠

    The exhibition also includes films from Jeremy Deller, Mark Leckey, and a new V&A film that includes footage we shot over 10 years of club nights and boat parties. Book your tickets here

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    Annika Filming

    We gave the studio over to the good people at Black Camel Films this week to be transformed into a location for their new 6-part TV Drama ‘Annika’ commissioned by UKTV and Alibi in the US. Full on COVID-friendly film crew action with a redesigned space prepped for dramatic stunt sequences with performers leaping from the rear of the building. 

    Based on the Radio 4 drama Annika Stranded, the six-part series follows a specialist Police unit, tasked with investigating a number of mysterious deaths and unexplained murders off the coast of Scotland. Starring Nicola Walker, Kate Dickie and Katie Leung the series – and the studio – will hit our screens later this year.