If These Walls Could Talk.

Volumetric Mixed Reality Heritage

Created for St George’s Hall, Liverpool, in partnership with CAVA, Gazooky Studios (Immersive Storylab) filmed 8 minutes of volumetric material, and then demonstrated the many immersive ways this material could be used.

A ground-breaking participatory and immersive mixed reality experience, “If These Walls Could Talk” was a collaboration between Gazooky Studios (Immersive Storylab) and Liverpool University’s Centre of Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA), Culture Liverpool, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Draw & Code, Cinetecture and Dimension Studios and Microsoft.

The team created a pioneering hybrid spatial experience that allowed audiences to experience a site-specific prototype in one of Liverpool’s most iconic heritage buildings – the 19th century St George’s Hall, an intrinsic part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Gazooky Studios creative team developed the story of prisoner, Florence Maybrick, wrongly accused of poisoning her husband. The audience were taken on a journey back in time to experience what it was like to encounter Liverpool’s late Victorian prison and justice system. Set inside the cells and the courtroom at St George’s hall, the experience used a variety of technologies: Virtual Reality, 3D Projection Mapping, Mixed Reality (Microsoft Hololens), spatial sound and live performance

With the support of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality team in the US, the team created the world’s first volumetrically filmed (3D holograms) UNESCO heritage experience using Microsoft’s Mixed Reality capture system at Dimension Studios in London.

The experience combined the real space with virtual objects to allow history and the building to be brought to life with virtual characters, holograms and sound, as the audience became part of the story.

To find out more about our partner’s in bringing history to life please visit http://www.cava-research.org and www.dimensionstudio.co

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If These Walls Could Talk, promotional video by Monika Koeck, CineTecture

Cinetecture capturing the launch of “If These Walls Could Talk”

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While St George’s Hall is known for its rich architecture and captivating history, we’re now going to be digitally of our time too. To marry our unique heritage with the ground-breaking storytelling of Gazooky and their partners, fills us with huge excitement.

Angie Redhead, Head of Liverpool City Assets
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