FEATURED RESIDENT: GEORGE BUTLER, MUTINY MEDIA
We recently caught up with VR pioneer and all-round creative; George Butler from Mutiny Media to find out more about the different adventures he’s embarked upon since he started his residency in the FuseBox.
Hi George! Tell us about yourself
I am a resident of the Fusebox in Brighton, a residency programme to support opportunities for digital entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and creative technologists. We have access to all the latest virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, motion capture suits, powerful computers, office space, meeting rooms and exhibition space. I share the space with other creatives and developers and I have been developing my own research, development and working relationships.
And you’ve been a FuseBox resident since…
What kind of projects have you developed since being a resident in the FuseBox?
I have been working with local musician Kassia Zermon AKA Bunty Looping, developing Zook, an interactive sonic soundscape working with resident developer Andy Baker, illustrator Jomotopia and sound designer Anna Bertmark. I have also been running mocap workshops on the XR Circus Project combining circus and tech. This was an amazing opportunity to meet and work with different performers, dancers and aerial artists. Through a series of workshops, myself Andy Baker and Mark Ransley worked towards a scratch performance with Rowen Fae director of Full Tilt Aerial, dancer Nome Hunter and filmmaker Alice Delva. This was performed in the Spiegel Tent as part of the Brighton Festival 2018.
XR Circus Project image by Carolyn Watt
What has been one of your highlights since working here?
In April I organised a trip to visit Dimension volumetric video 3D capture studios in Wimbledon and DoubleMe start-up based in Ravensbourne University. The DoubleMe software works with 2 x Kinect depth cameras which takes a subjects’ 3D data and processes and transports it over Wi-Fi, enabling 3D real-time holograms of the subject to be viewed with a HoloLens in another location. Virtual teleportation. Find out more about the Holoportal project in the FuseBox in this blog post here.
What excites you about immersive technology?
My aha moment was at the Open City Docs Virtual Reality day at the UCL in London where I tried a 360 video and found myself flying over New York, who does not want to fly? What excites me about immersive technology is the ability to take people to real and imaginary places with a feeling of and connection to the experience. This is powerful for exploring and empathising with other people’s vison of the world as well as being able to take people to worlds which are limited by our imagination.
Favourite piece of equipment from the Brighton Immersive Lab and why?
I like playing with the nuron perception mocap suit capturing the movement of actors to work with character animators with ideas to produce giants knitting into people’s brains.
What makes Brighton unique to other cities?
It’s the culture, geography, people, attitude, architecture, history and heritage.