Wander through the forest In The Eyes of the Animal

In the Eyes of the Animal

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.

In 2016, 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 Feast
In the Eyes of the Animal Photo Marshmallow Laser Feast

This summer, you can enjoy the experience, inhabiting various woodland animals as they traverse the Grizedale Forest landscape at:

National Science and Media Museum from 15 July – 8 October

#TOMtech at Brighton Digital Festival from August 29 – September 10

In 206, 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

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.