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.
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.
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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.
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 | bit.ly/AOPBBD
An exciting new commission just confirmed with Panel (wearepanel.co.uk) 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.
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.
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: https://www.hms-victory.com/
Photos © The National Museum of the Royal Navy
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
StoryScapers is a new year-long, UK-wide commission where we are working with an exciting range of partners to deliver “An experiment in film, broadcast and augmented reality, public archives, digital access and immersive storytelling asking who are we? Where did we come from and where are we headed?”
The project is focussed on discovering untold stories from diverse and underrepresented voices, to create a mass participatory digital portrait of Britain in 2022.
We are joining the team led by StoryFutures Academy (Royal Holloway, University of London with the National Film and Television School), British Film Institute, Nexus Studios, The Reading Agency, Produce UK and TV historian David Olushoga and Uplands TV.
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.
The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, home to the world’s first high speed streamlined electric train – The Zephyr – has reopened with an impressive revamped gallery space. We created a series of large panoramic films to enhance the visitor experience and bring the incredible ‘Silver Streak’ to life.
‘West Wind Vista’ is a dramatic display that runs the full 50 metre length of the train. The main sequence is an expressive interpretation of the visual style of aerodynamics, the secondary sequence looks at the visual style of art deco design and aerodynamics as an abstract form. Accompanied by a bespoke 7:1 soundscape, they reinforce the feeling of travel and movement, creating a dynamic backdrop for the impressive centrepiece of the gallery.
Exhibition design by Casson Mann, Sound by Giles Lamb, Image © MSI Chicago
SXSW 2021 kicks off today and, for the first time in its history, will take place completely virtually. We were due to head out last year to showcase our VR installation ‘7 Sirens’ but the festival was cancelled with just a week to go.
In 2013 we made our first trip out to Austin to see our online project ‘The Gallery of Lost Art’ win the SXSW Interactive Award for Art. It was a huge honour to be recognised by a festival that champions innovation and boundary pushing work. We also faced down some hefty competition from the likes of Disney, Cirque de Soleil and Cindy Sherman at MoMa.
A collaboration with Tate and Ch4, Gallery of Lost Art was a virtual year-long exhibition that explored the sometimes extraordinary and sometimes banal circumstances behind the loss of major works of art from the 20th century. Archival images, films, interviews, blogs and essays were laid out for visitors to examine, revealing the evidence relating to the loss of works by over 40 artists, including such figures as Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Willem De Kooning, Rachel Whiteread and Tracey Emin. The exhibition was accessible online for exactly one year, before being destroyed itself! This was the Tate’s first ever online only exhibition and was their third most visited show of the year.
You can find out more about the project here
We’ve started production on a suite of AVs for the National Museum of Denmark visualising the world of the Vikings.
Through interactives and ambient media we will show the spread of the Viking’s influence in Denmark and beyond, the logistics of planning for Raids, and the forensic techniques used to bring their histories to life.
isoLABS was created to give the studio the people, space and time to explore new emergent technologies without the pressure of project budgets or deadlines. It grew out of our KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) with UWS and our close working relationship with Prof Nick Higgins.
Over two years we undertook a wide range of creative technology pilots led by our KTP Associate Verena Henn. The project has just been awarded the highest grade of “A – Outstanding”. With Verena now our Head of Research and Innovation at isoLABS, we continue to develop new partnerships with academia, the arts and industry. If we can help with your research-led work get in touch.
More experimentation with our Rokoko Motion Capture suit. This time working with dance artist and choreographer Vince Virr to capture movements and gestures for an interactive exhibit we’re designing for the Hans Christian Andersen Museum.
We’ve been using the Rokoko for performance capture for some time since John Butler joined us as Artist In Residence last year. Utilising this kind of innovative new tech means we can continue with cost effective routes for what used to be very expensive workflows – and we can push on with production despite the limitations that covid has introduced. No need to travel to a mo cap studio — we can create our own anywhere!