Greetings from Flatland!

We are halfway through performance week at Dilston Grove, Southwark Park and 50 participants have so far taken an interdimensional adventure through Flatland! Attendees have been a wide range of people including specialists from heritage and tech sectors, artists, designers, theatre goers and academics, both sighted and visually impaired. We have also been able to test the technology with wheelchair users.

The evaluation sessions have been fascinating with in-depth discussion prompted by Flatland’s creation of a non-visual narrative that is an interactive rather than passive experience, and offers an equality of experience for sighted and visually impaired audiences.

We will be presenting the results of the Open University’s research at a dissemination event on 29 April 2015 at Theatre Deli, London. The event will include demos of the tech and is open to all, so do get in contact if you’d like to receive details of how to attend at lou@extant.org.uk

Check out our gallery for first shot of one of our intrepid explorers, Anita, in the space suit worn by participants to enter Flatland. Designed by Ali Ruth and Clare McGarrigle, it features integrated electronics connected to the handheld robotic guidance device, created by Ad Spiers, which allows participants to explore a pitch-black space independently.