Wellington (voted “coolest little city” by VOGUE) – a creative, cosmopolitan city with the warmth and personality of a village – hosted Aotearoa’s leading celebration of cutting-edge culture, NZ Festival 2018. An exciting new feature of the festival was Future Playground – a space full of unique installations which allowed for audiences to explore the intersection of the arts and creative industries. Future Playground featured international digital artists and technologists from around the world.
Attending the festival was The Future of Storytelling (FoST) (USA) who were a passionate community of people from the world’s media, technology, and communications sector who are exploring how storytelling is evolving in the digital age.
Method was invited to showcase our internationally renowned AR/VR experience – The Boy and the Lemon – at a private and intimate event hosted by Wellington’s VR and mixed-reality centre, ProjectR for the FoST members. The Boy and the Lemon had gained international recognition at the Future of Storytelling (FoST) event held in New York in October 2017. Written by James Hurman and illustrated by Juliet Burton, The Boy and the Lemon is a children’s story about luck and teaching life’s most magical lesson: how to be lucky. (Read all about The Boy and the Lemon here: http://method.digital/case-studies/the-boy-and-the-lemon-ar-vr)
Artists, technologists and media from FoST enjoyed the delightful augmented and virtual reality adaptions of this beautiful children’s story, providing a truly immersive experience and memorable evening for all.
Some of the FoST attendees included Manifest 99 creators of the eerie story about finding redemption in the afterlife and Tree, a haptically-enchanced VR experience, which transforms participants into a tree in the rain forest. As well as the Emmy award winning and Oscar-nominated, Pearl – a 360 VR story that follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country in their beloved hatchback, chasing their dreams.
The event was a great success and allowed for both New Zealand and international artists to mingle, collaborate and share experiences.