Over last year, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) supported the bid to launch the brand new collaborative project, StoryFutures.
StoryFutures is a project based in the Gateway Cluster, which comprises several universities, colleges and businesses based in west London, Surrey, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. The project is led by Royal Holloway University of London and the National Film and Television School and focuses on research and development in the creative industry. Partners of StoryFutures include Brunel University, University for the Creative Arts, BBC Studios, The National Gallery and Sony Interactive Entertainment. Contributors are promoting and working on immersive storytelling with the newest technology to support the growth of the UK’s creative sector to be the most skilled in the use of virtual, augmented, mixed and cross reality.
RuTC is committed to support StoryFutures to expose Art, Media and IT students to the newest technologies in the sector and show them the creative career possibilities on offer. For the college’s internal Progression Days, Royal Holloway University of London came in to host creative workshops for our students and invited them to take part in virtual reality sessions. Students were able to experience the wide range of virtual reality themselves and develop an understanding of the project.
The first StoryFutures project involved a collaboration with The National Gallery, tackling the challenges of immersive art. Through the use of virtual reality, visitors experienced ‘Virtual Veronese’. Instead of looking at paintings, original lighting conditions, soundscape and music of the real-life setting are added through technology. The next StoryFutures project will be set up at Costa Coffee Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Arrivals Hall and will explore new ways to support sustainability and recycling of coffee cups.
The National Gallery immersive art experience is located in Room 9 until 5 August 2019.