International VR Amsterdam-based project of 3 weeks, in which at high speed a multidisciplinary team designs & builds a VR experience from scratch. Simultaneously with teams in Kyoto, Hanyang and New York this project was succeeded.
The summer from 2-19 July the Design Across Cultures programme of the Digital Society School launched the first virtual reality summer school across cultures. Together with the Play and Civic Media department, the VR Base and a consortium of international partners (Hanyang University, New York Medialab and Kyoto Sangyo University), the HVA wanted to explore how to use creative and innovative storytelling technique like virtual reality to think about the impact of digital technology on society from a cross-cultural perspective.
Over a period of three weeks, four multidisciplinary teams across the world worked together to translate a fragment of the dystopian Dutch novel, Slaap Zacht Johnny Idaho (Sleep Tight Johnny Idaho) by the Dutch author Auke Hulst into a virtual reality experience.
The project was unique in that it involved four multidisciplinary teams across the globe simultaneously working on the same project. The teams were given Mixed Reality devices sponsored by Acer to experiment with finding new and exciting ways to visualise and reflect on part the novel. Using design methods, they solved problems as a team: sharing their interdisciplinary skills and expertise, and evaluating each other’s ideas to achieve a shared purpose. They also exchange ideas across locations and built on each other’s work using digital communication tools.