This event is part of Audiovisual Days 2023. May Abdalla is a highly acclaimed director and artist known for using physical experience, technology and storytelling in ground-breaking ways. She co-founded Anagram, a multi-award winning studio to explore the use of immersive technology in non-fiction storytelling. Her work has been presented at the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia on three occasions (Nominated for Best Interactive 2021 and 2018 and Best of VR 2019). She was awarded the Grand Jury Award for Best VR as co-director along with Barry Gene Murphy for Goliath: Playing with Reality in 2021.
How can navigating the real and the imaginary in immersive storytelling bring us closer to unexplored sides of ourselves? May Abdalla, co-founder of Anagram, an award-winning creative studio, charts their innovative work with an emphasis on designing for intimate moments and the power of combining technology with physical experience. May will track Anagram’s development of award-winning productions from Door into the Dark, a blindfolded immersive journey into what it means to be lost in an age of infinite information to the Grand Jury Prize-winning ‘Goliath: Playing with Reality’, a stunning VR experience about schizophrenia, gaming and connection narrated by Tilda Swinton. She will share her learnings on how technology, physicality, and storytelling can combine to elicit emotion and connection. She will chart Goliath’s onward journey now being used as a training tool within healthcare institutions to support increased understanding by staff about the lived experience of patients and the use of biometric feedback mechanisms within that experience.
Attendees will also get a sneak peek into IMPULSE, a highly ambitious upcoming mixed reality experience about how we learn to see, process, and respond to the world through the new thresholds of scientific insights into the condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The lecture will be held in English.