XR Circus Launches

XR Circus brings together arts, media and technologist researchers and circus artists to create new live and digital immersive performance, advised and co-curated by leading industry organisations and tested and refined with a live audience.

Artists and makers working across circus, outdoor arts and cabaret are invited to apply to be part of this extraordinary investigation into how immersive technologies can be utilised in these intensely immersive live audience encounters.

What can technology bring to the amplification of the spectacle and intimacy of this type of work?

What insight into technology application can these artists bring who are experts in manipulating our senses and emotions?

Circus and outdoor performance artists have always been leaders in integrating technology and artistry – what will they do with access to the new digital tools and platforms?

We are working with brilliant international partners from across the UK: Without Walls, Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Seachange Arts.

We are making use of the huge expertise in the city in immersive technologies in the University and in the city particularly our partners Lighthouse and Driftwood.   Our lab sessions will take place in the University’s Fab Lab and sound studio, Wired Sussex’s Immersive Studio, in the Drill Hall in Great Yarmouth and in the Brighton Spiegeltent.

Come and hear all about the artists and find out more at our launch event on Tuesday 20 February at Lighthouse with guest speakers from circus academia: Professor Ron Beadle and Professor Vanessa Toulmin talking about the hidden histories of circus…… Book here

The University of Brighton and Kings College, London were one of only 32 successful projects into the hugely competitive AHRC Immersive Experiences Fund.  The Fund was established to support collaborations between researchers and industry to design, understand and enable the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences.

Follow us here or direct any questions  to the producer Donna Close at d.close2@brighton.ac.uk

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