Bring Your Own Future

Bring Your Own Future is an analogue adventure in virtual reality. Working with the people of Slough, Close and Remote (Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter) have sloshed watercolour paints in a virtual reality Slough, using Google Tilt Brush and Windsor & Newton alizarin crimson (amongst other colours).

Through a series of action based sessions we worked with a core group of Slough watercolour and VR enthusiasts to explore watercolour through virtual reality and virtual reality through watercolour, bringing about New Ways of Looking at Slough. We worked in shopping centres, supermarkets, pubs and parks. The skilled up core group spread their learning through ‘Guerrilla Watercolour Actions’ (outdoor painting sessions in the city centre) inviting the public to come on board for the ride.

The resulting work, both physical and temporal, was shared with the town in a final event and exhibition at The Curve, Slough, during February and March 2018. The final events included workshops by Liv Wynter, Filippos Tsitsopoulos, Mix-Up Reality; as well as a public debate entitled ‘How can Citizens Shape the Cultural Future of Slough?” with speakers Lara Ratnaraja, Elizabeth Lynch, Simon Hall, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP, Torange Khonsari and Ian Whitaker.

360° WATERCOLOUR JOURNEY

Working with the residents group we used open source software, a-frame, to create a virtual reality 360° watercolour journey through Slough town centre, complete with atmospheric sound recorded at each location.

The journey can be viewed on your smartphone with or without a cardboard virtual reality viewer. It can also be viewed on your desktop, tablet or using HTC Vive VR headset.

The journey features 360° watercolours by Close and Remote and a series of click-through watercolour ‘buttons’ by members of the group (Khalid Abdullah, Sharmina Haq, Jules Lowe, Andreas Schneider).

Just load the web address into your browser (no app needed). Click on the link below or the image above

www.closeandremote.net/cardboard/journey.html

More information on the project can be found at www.bringyourownfuture.net