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Ever wondered what it’s like to be an animal in the forest? Encounter woodlands through an immersive virtual reality experience, told by the inhabitants of the forest.

This summer, Abandon Normal Devices and Marshmallow Laser Feast released the critically acclaimed In the Eyes of the Animal, a unique 360 degree experience.

Audiences can enter this sensory 3D world from the comfort of their own home or on mobile, and be transported on an animated and sonic journey, immersed in a vibrant world belonging to woodland creatures.

The online production, supported by The Space, is an evolution of the popular VR production which was commissioned, in collaboration with the Forestry Commission England’s Forest Art Works programme, and created by immersive experience studio Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF).

People sit in the forest wearing 3D headsets In the Eyes of the Animal Photo by Luca Marziale


Originally filmed using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or ‘drones’ and bespoke 360º cameras, and set to a binaural soundtrack using audio recordings sourced from the surrounding woodland, In the Eyes of the Animal is a unique 360 degree experience which tells a speculative short story through the eyes of the forest creatures.

You can try out the 360 experience on YouTube


In the Eyes of the Animal can also be experienced in a live natural environment on its current UK and international tour, where sculptural virtual reality headsets are suspended from overhanging woodland enabling forest explorers to traverse this computer-generated landscape.

In the Eyes of the Animal from Abandon Normal Devices and Marshmallow Laser FeastIn the Eyes of the Animal Photo Marshmallow Laser Feast

The experience toured to

15 July – 4 August 2016 at Migrations, Cardiff, UK

22, 23, 24 July 2016 at Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, UK

7 September at British Science Festival, Swansea

16 - 18 September at Brighton Digital Festival

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About this Artist

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a commissioning agency and a catalyst for new approaches to art-making and digital invention. They create ground breaking projects which challenge the definitions of art and moving image with a distinct emphasis on creative enquiry and provocations.

AND brings together an eclectic mix of academics, filmmakers, scientists and anarchists to actively push the boundaries of audience experience and arts production.

The AND portfolio consists of film happenings, exhibitions, performances, online projects, residencies, public realm interventions and a roaming biennial festival.