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'Was it Laurie Anderson that said that VR would never look real until they learned how to put some dirt in it?'

William Gibson

Real VR - Fake VR is a 360° film experience that transports the viewer to a vast digital environment, moving slowly through a dazzling array of fluorescent geometry. All scale is lost as we pass towering structures and the far away metropolis landscape whilst the ambient soundtrack emphasises the sense of meditative timelessness. 

Real VR - Fake VR is also the process by which this film has been made as everything is real, made by hand and with minimal software. The Tron-esque scene is fabricated from electrical tape, post-it notes and cardboard, the effect achieved with UV lamps and a 360° camera pulled by skateboard and fishing wire. 

This project bypasses technical limitations of VR software, placing an emphasis on iterative and playful experimentation where the process film is equally important as the final outcome. Bringing lo-tech materiality into a high tech format, the imperfections, happy accidents and visible maker's mark help to create a believable virtual experience.

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