Project Details

Description

This project presented the outcomes of a two-week residency by a research team from the University of Brighton, School of Art in September 2018 on the Mar Menor, a 170 km² saltwater lagoon on the south east coast of Spain.

The team were invited to undertake practice-based research on the changing ecosystem of this unique natural landscape, resulting from damages caused by intensive agriculture, increased tourism and rising sea levels. The project was developed by a team of three artists, each bringing specific experience and knowledge of 360° video to undertake the research and create a unique understanding and manifestation of the changing ecosystem of Mar Menor. This included Paul Sermon who works on collocated telematic experiences in 360° live video environments, Charlotte Gould’s work on developing immersive 360° animated augmented reality and PhD student Jeremiah Ambrose who works on gaze controlled navigation through 360° video narratives.


The overarching aim of this project was to create a unique interactive 360° video experience of the Mar Menor that manifests the anthropocene effects on this natural landscape as augmented surreal and metaphysical interpretations of the artist’s experiences during the residency and available scientific data of the Mar Menor ecosystem.

Through environmental, social, economic and cultural observations and encounters the team will create an immersive 360° environment that incorporates both video and audio recordings with augmented imaginary and predicted realities transformed from scientific data in obscure and profound guises. Following the residency the team collated the gathered material to produce a 360° telematic installation that incorporated live audience interaction within the original 360° video experience.

Key findings

The outcomes of this residency looking at the anthropocene effects on the natural landscape of the Mar Menor salt water lagoon was developed to create a unique interactive 360° video experience, exhibited at the Universidad de Murcia Gallery in March/April 2019, and gaining insight into the value of immersive art installations in the communication of large-scale environmental problems.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/09/1831/03/19

Keywords

  • Mar Menor
  • Art
  • Media
  • Anthropocene
  • 360º video
  • Interaction
  • Telematic