Stories for all of your senses: multisensory VR and social cohesion

Science Fiction
re:publica 2017

Short thesis: 

We are sensory beings, constantly taking in information to form our perception of the world around us. Yet our major forms of storytelling often only speak to our eyes and our ears. The Feelies creates multisensory VR content that speaks to all your senses, and is working on how this can be used for social cohesion and more empathetic, emotive storytelling.


Grace Boyle's brainchild The Feelies is a bold experiment in storytelling, taking the immersion of VR to the next level by adding the highly emotive textures of smell, feeling and taste into the narrative arcs we tell our audiences, and how we choose to guide them along that journey.  In this talk, she shares some of her experiences writing, shooting and delivery a multisensory VR narrative with the environmental organisation Greenpeace, including their two week trip to the heart of the Amazon rainforest to map the sensory landscape of one of the world most incredible ecosystems.

Stage L1
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:30 to 11:00