In early December 2017 and 2019, Limina curated and delivered the UK’s first VR-only public arts festival, the Limina VR Weekender. In 2017 we partnered with Watershed in Bristol, and in 2018 we teamed up with Picturehouse in Piccadilly Circus.
The 3-day festival and award set out to demonstrate that virtual reality is a whole new creative medium with a vast amount of artistic potential. We wanted to bring high-quality virtual reality content to a cultural audience, whilst introducing the public to ground-breaking creators. The festival sold out for both years that we ran it.
For our 2018 festival, we launched our own proprietary 360 video screening app, which allowed us to play VR experiences to audience members exactly in sync, combined with a mindful introduction and exist sequence, to help the transition between the physical and virtual worlds.
In tandem with the weekend of screenings, we partnered with Royal Holloway researchers to run a study on audience expectations and reactions to the content. This data has formed part of Limina’s core insight into immersive exhibition and audience demand.