This project explored the extent to which AR could provide a lifeline to the theatre and live entertainment industries during the coronavirus pandemic. Nexus Studios, collaborating with StoryFutures reimagined William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in AR to find out what could be done.

Based on the findings of this extensive R&D project, Nexus developed a ground breaking prototype for streaming live performances to the home in AR. Rather than relying on expensive hardware or specialist motion capture suits, the approach was to use consumer grade technology making this accessible to smaller and medium sized venues.

Audiences are granted unprecedented access to change sets and manipulate scenes by adapting the lighting or interacting with the environment as well as getting up close and personal with characters as the performance is happening.

In my role as the UI and graphic designer, I worked with the creative director to create the app’s branding and visual identity. With the play opening with a storm, I looked into how waves had graphically been represented over time. In the research stage of the project I come across 18th Century sound wave diagrams. I became inspired by the geometric patterns and shapes and used them as a basis to produce a modern twist on The Tempest. I liked the idea of sound waves being a metaphor for the performative aspect of the project but also drawing influence from the sea.

Credits: Nexus Studios

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