Due to unforeseen circumstances this Green Tease has been postponed until early next year (2020). We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to announcing the new date as soon as we can. Thank you.
Organised in collaboration with North East of North digital arts festival this Virtual Reality workshop will explore how creative technologies can assist disabled people to access the outdoors, create artwork, and engage in conversations about climate change.
Led by artist Rhoda Ellis and Rolf Black, Co-investigator for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Research group at the University of Dundee, the workshop will give participants the opportunity to curate digital sculpture parks in virtual landscapes using sculptures specifically designed for this event. The VR landscape will highlight how climate change is affecting Scotland and the implication that this can have for accessibility.
Creating digital artworks removes the physical barriers often present when creating outdoor artworks, particularly in rural settings or sculpture parks. Virtual Reality technology has a transformative capacity, allowing people to exist outside of reality for the duration of the experience and using universal design techniques, the experience will be accessible for people with a range of physical disabilities and mobility issues, environmentally sustainable, and good fun!
The workshop will be free and aimed at disabled people, of all abilities, but will be open to everyone to attend. The workshop will be drop in between 10am-4pm to allow participants the time and support to create at their own pace, however there will be a presentation session at 3pm to share the work created and demonstrate the universal designed VR landscape. The session will include participants from the AAC research group and users from Boomerang Community centre but will also be open for anyone to drop in.
This workshop opens a dialogue between climate change, landscape art and digital technology that will be continued through the PHD research of Rhoda Ellis. The works created will be documented and showcased in the NEoN Activity room for the duration of the NEoN 2019 festival and will also be included in a digital zine made in response to NEoN 2019.
Create a Digital Sculpture!
For this event we are looking to crowd source some ‘digital sculptures’ that our participants can work with on the day. This is a great way of being involved in this event even if you can’t attend in person and will give you the chance to try out some exciting design software and it’s open for involvement from anyone from professional artists to complete newbies.
The sculptures should be designed to respond to the themes of how climate change will affect Scotland’s landscapes and weather and how we can make the climate movement accessible to all, but you can interpret these themes in any way you like. Please get in touch with email@example.com if you are interested in taking part in this.