Imperfect VR

16 June 2017


Venue: Doomed Gallery, 65-67 Ridley Road, London E8 2NP

Organiser: Michael Straeubig

Michael Straeubig is a game designer / creative coder exploring games and playful experiences in various media. Currently lecturing at Plymouth University

Virtual Reality is making big headlines and many believe that it will finally become a significant medium. With all the current excitement around VR, an important question comes up: who will be the creators, who the consumers of this technology?

While big tech companies are grabbing the space, Imperfect VR is based on the fundamental belief that everyone can build their own virtual reality.

In this workshop we will create a small, quirky VR experience with A-Frame and Google Cardboard. A-Frame is a beginner-friendly but capable open source VR framework based on web technology. Cardboard headsets allow us to use our smartphones as VR devices.

To take part, you need to bring a laptop and a (recent) smartphone. You do not need to have experience in computer programming. Michael will go through the absolute basics and will support advanced participants realizing their ideas in VR. After the workshop everyone should have a good understanding how to create their own virtual world in a few lines of code. We will also discuss politics of VR and perception (e.g. John Berger and James Elkins) and watch a little bit of Žižek.

We are not aiming for a perfect reality but will have fun in the virtual.

Cost includes materials.

Imperfect VR is inspired by and built upon ideas of Imperfect Cinema. Imperfect VR workshops have been given at Electromagnetic Field, Plymouth University, Royal College of Art and Space Studios London.

Doomed Gallery is a photography and visual exhibition space based in Dalston, London. We work closely with students, community collectives and professional photographers and visual artists. In 2014 Doomed started a independent publishing house supporting self publishers and the zine community.