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By UK's Circa69

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

A five day educational residency designed to give artists the skills and tools for utilising immersive technologies, contemporary design approaches, interactive production tools, playfulness and adaptive storytelling in their work.

Led by Myra Appannah and Simon Wilkinson, two of Europe’s most notable people in live performance VR, who will share their knowledge to build communities and skills so that creatives can not only be a part of a changing creative industry, but can take it anywhere they want.

The Storyhack residency will give artists the knowledge, skills and tools to begin to use new technology and interactivity in their work in a fundamental and transformative way.

Creatives must move beyond disciplines to capture new audiences and expectations. And so this intensive course is designed for those working across a spectrum of platforms – music, theatre, cinema, visual and live arts.

The course will support artists in reaching contemporary expectations for immersion, interactivity and meaningful engagement in culture.

A dissection of current audience trends as a means for artists to understand the role of interactivity and immersion in creating a more meaningful exchange with their own audiences.

Work through practical exercises to learn the fundamentals of story creation for interactive and immersive spaces including sessions covering;
interactive design //
dealing with complexity in branching narratives //
transmedia storytelling //
speculative design //
visual Scripting for interactivity //

At the heart of the system of technical skills which resident artists will learn sits Unity Games Engine, free software which allows makers to create interactive and immersive content from
virtual reality and smartphone apps to video games and augmented reality. In addition we will cover 3D modelling, photogrammetry and strategies for avoiding the need for code.

Explore the kinds of immersive technologies currently available for artists to use. This will include an analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of competing virtual and augmented reality headsets, sensors, 3D audio systems and associated accessories.

Throughout the week resident artists will collaborate in small groups to develop concepts and prototypes for new interactive artworks. This enables them to try out aspects of the thinking and skills which the residency delivers in preparation for a closing showcase where they can present and explain their work.




One of the most notable names in Europe to be dealing with VR


More Info

Storyteller // Curator

A writer and director working in theatre, film and adaptive storytelling. As creator of ‘SOMNAI’, the UK’s largest-scale immersive tech experience, Myra helped to take the London show from concept to live in six months. 20,000 people came through its doors.

“the trippy VR experience that takes you to dreamland” GUARDIAN

Myra has worked with renowned companies including Cardboard Citizens, Milo Wladek Co and been BAFTA / Sundance nominated for recent film ‘Garfield’.

“the real impact comes from the interplay between virtual reality and the theatrical use of space and performance.” CULTURE WHISPER *****

Artist // Curator

An artist working across the spectrum of immersive technologies, Internet of Things, Electronic Music, Online, Gaming, Artificial Intelligence and Transmedia Storytelling.

“One of the most notable names in Europe to be dealing with virtual reality” CINEUROPA MAGAZINE

His work has featured in Tate Modern and his most recent large scale immersive show ‘Whilst The Rest Were Sleeping’ has enjoyed touring to 25 nations across six continents in the past three years.

“When you go see this very cool show you can do so safe in the knowledge that YOU WILL
NOT GET KILLED and relax a little, but not too much” EXEUNT

Circa69 creates artwork which combine games system design, electronic music, online performance, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and other emerging and experimental technologies to present transmedia experiences which invite prolonged and profound audience engagement.

An evolving team of guest collaborators working in partnership with lead artist Simon Wilkinson design and produce speculative works which give audiences a meaningful and creative role in how the artworks unfold; placing them at the center of the narrative and inviting dialogue and opinion on questions related to the world and how we live in it.

Circa69 additionally creates and delivers educational programs, conference keynotes, lectures, arts commissions and engages in consultations in the areas of immersive tech, software development and speculative, transmedia and game system design.

About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
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Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

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