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_Through the Wardrobe

Through the Wardrobe is a documentary mixed-reality installation that invites the audience to learn about and play with gender expression.

2019 Rob Eagle
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“In exploring how four nonbinary people use clothing to express their gender identities, Through the Wardrobe pushes the affordances of the HoloLens mixed reality headset by prompting the audience to try on physical clothing whilst engaging with spatial audio and surrounding animations integrated within a set of a bedroom. In combining techniques of audio documentary storytelling, immersive theatre and interactive digital installation art, we wanted the audience to perform and activate the work and reflect on how their own choice of clothing expresses their gender identity.”

Robert Eagle, Author

Through the Wardrobe is a documentary mixed-reality installation that explores the daily considerations nonbinary people (people who don’t identify as male or female) must make in expressing their gender through clothing. The experience mixes audio interviews with colorful hand-drawn interactive animations in an augmented reality headset, taking place within a physical set that requires the audience to dress up, touch the furniture, and use their body as a controller to decide on the pace and flow of the experience.


Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United Kingdom
Year : 2019
Author : Rob Eagle
Producer : Colour My Reality
Team : Scott Fletcher
Developers : Jonathan Landon
Designers : Andrew Kerr,Marcus Dyer,Nagore Rementeria,Rob Eagle
Topics : Arts and Culture,Fashion,LGBTQ,Nonbinary Identity,Oral History,Transgender Identity
Technologies : HoloLens,Unity
Techniques : Collaborative Storytelling,Installation,interactive,Interviews,Location-based Installation,Location-based media,Mixed reality,Spatial Audio
Budget Range : $15K (in-kind hard/ware software and overheads such as office and test space),$30K (spent)
Funders AND Incubators : Being Human Festival (Arts & Humanities Research Council and British Academy),Creative XR (Digital Catapult and Arts Council England),Resulting from Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded PhD practice-as-research at UWE Bristol through the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training
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