DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
The VR Attenborough Revolution
At the Australian Museum from 8 April 2016
Enhancing the way we live, technology has helped make the most mundane and painful human activities convenient and comfortable. Delving into self exploration, we experienced another innovation of technology as we slipped on our headphones and large Samsung headsets to explore a different time and place without ever leaving our seats. Made exclusively by Alchemy VR and using Samsung’s technology, we became visually immersed in a 360 degree cinematic view of life underwater 540 million years ago, and beneath the waves of the Australian Osprey Reef accompanied by world famous naturalist, David Attenborough and his descriptive iconic narrative.
After a sell-out season at London’s National History Museum, the David Attenborough VR Experience debuts at the Australian Museum and is the only establishment currently showcasing the exhibition. Separated into two films, David Attenborough’s First Life VR takes its viewers into ancient oceans introducing the Earth’s earliest inhabitants and extinct sea creatures, while the David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Dive VR uses real-world footage in a virtual reality tour through 3000 reef systems within a state-of-the-art submersible machine covered with cameras.
As our thoughts have turned silicone and our sight grew digital, the idea of a virtual reality has always had it's presence within our society. They grew from aspirations for an alternate world that could conduct our senses to play within images and settings we know exist, and ones we may never get to experience. You can’t help but wonder if technology will further alienate us in its quest to comfort and connect people. VR has become an experience you undertake on your own, within the comfort of your seat, with your own headphone and a headset that blocks out what is physically around you. However, this particular experience has become an alternate form of travel. A viewer can not only travel to places they may not be able to physically go themselves, but they could travel through time making what is currently scientifically impossible, possible. You can bring the outdoors into your home and onto your couch allowing the home-adventurer to explore, an adventurous heart with a disability to experience what is difficult to achieve, and a past explorer to relive their experiences over again. It can encourage viewers to go out, feel the air and touch the textures that physically lay around you.
Over 4000 tickets have already been sold. To experience it for yourself, buy your tickets from www.australianmuseum.net.au
A Textured World was a guest of The Australian Museum.