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_Notes on Blindness

Based on writer John Hull’s recordings about losing his sight, Notes on Blindness is a virtual reality experience that immerses the viewer in a post-vision world.

2016 Amaury La Burthe,Arnaud Colinart,James Spinney,Peter Middleton
EN,FR,GE Visit the project

Over three years writer John Hull recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness and documenting his extraordinary journey into ‘a world beyond sight’.

Arnaud Colinart, author

Notes on Blindness, a virtual reality companion piece to the feature film of the same name, seeks to render writer John Hull’s experience of blindness. Based on the 16 hours of audio-diary that Hull recorded over three years to document his perception of the world after losing his sight, the interactive film explores memories, moments and locations from his recollections.

Using 360°, binaural audio and real time 3D animations, the film seeks to fully immerse the user in Hull’s interior vision of the world “beyond sight” and his increasing perception of “acoustic space.” The piece is narrated by Hull’s original recordings, during which he guides the user through his sensory musings on his surroundings, accompanied by the sounds of delicate water drops, ethereal choir music and the whooshing wind. The user responds to audio and visual cues and with the Samsung Gear VR’s touchpad interacts with and explores this sonic space. Mimicking the experience described in the narration, the user must focus his or her eyes on a blurry image to decipher the object represented. The result is a visual landscape of ghostly outlines that read like fading memories.

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Project at a Glance :

Language : EN,FR,GE
Country : France
Year : 2016
Author : Amaury La Burthe,Arnaud Colinart,James Spinney,Peter Middleton
Producer : Archer's Mark,Arte France,Ex Nihilo
Team : David Coujard,Jo-jo Ellison,Mike Brett
Developers : Audiogaming
Designers : Arnaud Desjardins,Béatrice Lartigue,Fabien Togman
Exhibition Venues : DOK Leipzig,IDFA DocLab,LucidWeb,Melbourne International Film Festival,San Francisco Film Festival,Sheffield Doc/Fest,Sundance,Sydney Film Festival,Tribeca,True False
Awards & Nominations : Kaleidoscope Festival Best Experimental Experience,Sheffield Docfest innovation in storytelling award/Alternates Realities Award,Special Jury Prize San Francisco Film Festival,Tribeca Storyscape Award
Funders AND Incubators : Arte,BFI,CNC,Creative England,Impact Partners,Région Midi-Pyrénée,Tribeca Institut,Tribeca New Media Lab
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