(Image courtesy tomparkes.co.uk)
This was an elaborate audio visual performance lecture written specifically for the small concrete planetarium in the middle of the Plymouth University campus. The title 'A Hermit's Movie IV: In Trees' (as well as a cryptically appropriate description of my approach) is an anagram of 'Immersive Vision Theatre. The project began with me knocking at the building's front door, curious to work out what that name meant.
|The 'Immersive Vision Theatre'|
Designed in the format of an hour long stand-up show (but with only one joke) with accompanying surround sound and 180° projections from a variety of sources: Live data of deep space; home movies; text animations; a virtual tornado; Google Art Project; fish-eye installation shots; and a new film of the elm tree next to the Planetarium.
|The title screen|
Delivered as a disembodied voice over the sound system to the setaed audience of 40 the talk describes the difficulty of writing a lecture for a such a place, involving karaoke, astronomy, astrology, the mirror room in the Palace of Versaille and a tour of the known universe and back.