THE LARGEST SHARED VR EXPERIENCE EVER ACCOMPLISHED

The challenge was to design a VR experience that would transport an audience of 6,000 people from the open-air, outdoor setting of Prospect Park, Brooklyn to the closest region of massive star formation to Earth, the Orion Nebula.

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“It astounded me, this feeling of floating above Earth, and
tears began to emerge from my cardboard goggles.”
– THE NEW YORKER
An Official Selection for both Cannes 2017 and SXSW 2017. Directed by Eliza McNitt and narrated by celebrated Hubble Astrophysicist Mario Livio, the live VR piece that takes the audience trillions of light years away through the lens of the Hubble Telescope was viewed live in synchrony with the 30-piece Norwegian 1B1 Symphony Orchestra, the 100-person Brooklyn Chorus Choir, and 2 opera stars Royce Vavrek and Nathan Gunn as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival 2016 event. Working closely with award-winning Julliard Composer Paola Prestini we designed a Virtual Reality journey driven by the live orchestral performance. This allowed for the entire audience to enjoy a shared, headphone-free VR experience together under the stars on a midsummer’s night.
“Pressing the cardboard viewer that held my smartphone to my eyes, I became engulfed in strawberry-tinged clouds streaking through a wide inky expanse. A turn of the head opened up new vistas – orbs of light; a milky stream of lavender – in a virtual journey through the Orion Nebula that was beautiful and surprising, and over far too soon.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
TECH
Custom-built app (iOS/Android)
Local-server/wireless distribution network to accommodate 6000 people
 ARUP Audio team  including Terence Caulkins and Raj Patel designed a magnificent 10 speaker, 360 degrees, ambisonic sound system that surrounded all 6000 attendees
“A multi-dimensional paean to the ‘eye in the sky….”
– NATURE MAGAZINE