12 Oct 2017 — 21 Oct 2017
Thurs – Sat: 12-14 and 19-21
12pm – 8pm

VENUE: Riverside Theatres Courtyard

Three virtual reality projects, exploring how technology can be used as a tool to develop empathy, manipulate mood and reduce pain and anxiety.

Phoria’s ‘DREAM3D’ platform comprises multiple virtual reality experiences. Utilising sound design, haptic feedback and 360 film simultaneously, aiming to alleviate anxiety, improve the recovery process and reduce the need for additional medication and pharmaceutical treatments. Viewers are transported through a number of natural and urban environments, accompanied by powerful soundscapes and sensorial vibrations immersing the user in the experience. This program is in pilot stage with clinical trials in progress.

‘Liminal’ takes a different approach, drawing on neuroscientific research to create an interactive abstract design experience that will induce a range of cognitive and emotional states from energetic to calm. Psychometric research has found that these specific calm and energy experiences not only generate instant emotional change, but also positively influence moods for at least 30 minutes after use in the majority of users.

By contrast, ‘Hue’ is an immersive and visually driven interactive film about a man who has lost the ability to see colour. This allows viewers explore an emotional and character-driven narrative, using empathetic touch to help reawaken his senses.

Curated by Sarah Ticho.

Saturday 21 October 2pm – 3pm

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the existing landscape and future possibilities of immersive technologies as a therapeutic and educational tool.

Led by virtual reality experts across neuroscience, film, contemporary art and user experience, you will hear about a number of works designed to challenge cognitive bias, decrease pain and anxiety, influence mood and energy and develop empathy through experience visualisation.

Virtual Therapy Panel includes:

  • Nick Busietta Managing Director – Liminal VR
  • Joseph Purdam – Co-Founder and Director, DREAM3D, Phoria
  • Rick Martin, COO – Equal Reality
  • Volker Kuchelmeister – Art Director and Production Design – Parragirls, Past, Present
  • Marilyn Le Tran – Founding Partner and Industrial Designer – Company of Unicorns
  • Moderated by Sarah Ticho

Demos will be available before and after the talk.

This project is supported by Samsung, and Subpac.

Artist Biography

Sarah Ticho

Sarah is a British producer and curator with an academic background in anthropology. She has spent her career working across the interdisciplinary arts and moving image from film to virtual reality and technology. She is passionate about the intersection of contemporary art, film and virtual reality, and how we can use technology as a tool to express ideas, create communities and understand the human condition. She is currently applying for a PhD exploring psychosis and immersive technologies at the University of New South Wales.