Our activities take their shape from our collaborations and interests. They all have a creative digital element at their core.
Developing ideas into products
We are currently working on PopupView.com, a platform for sharing 3D digital content in public places using augmented reality. Over the past 6 months, we have worked with Tatton Park, Macclesfield Museums, Manchester Museum and Quays Culture to develop ‘popup’ digital displays of 3D digital work created in virtual reality. Find out more
Ethnographic insight in community engagement
Visioning Lab uses anthropological methods to gain insight into how groups interact, whether in public, private, third sectors and in communities. We work closely with partners to apply the Ordsall Method, a way of supporting people to realise their own ideas.
In addition to direct commissions and running workshops, Visioning Lab also regularly applies for funding with partners from sources such as InnovateUK, UKRI, Arts Council, festivals and local authorities. Our team have supported over £15m in project funding applications in different organisations over the years ranging from £5-10k to £1m+ at a time.
Producers artwork by Professor Keith Brown
Visioning Lab are the Producers for artworks by Professor Keith Brown, an internationally respected fine artist whose digital 3D sculptures have consistently changed the game in digital artwork for 20+ years and now are shown in augmented and virtual reality.
Groups of People at Lightwaves Festival, Salford Quays
Visioning Lab produced an art installation at the Lightwaves Festival as part of the PopupView.com project. We worked with visitors to the Immersive Lab in The Landing at Salford Quays to make work inspired by the artist LS Lowry. They drew sketches with light in virtual reality using Google Tiltbrush . Their sketches were incorporated into an augmented reality app and made available via Google Playstore and Apple App store. Artists Amber McCormack created photo montages of the project to act as ‘trigger images’ and Jacki Clark provided digital sketches to compliment the work.
Connecting rural areas to the creative digital economy
Visioning Lab worked with University of Manchester and Cheshire East Council, funded by the AHRC Research Council. The project explored the opportunities and barriers for working in the creative sector in rural Cheshire. A virtual reality kit was used an engagement method visiting community events and festivals over a 6 month period (Jan-Jun 2018).
‘Future Visioning’ sessions run through Visioning Lab
‘Future visioning’ sessions are a creative device for connecting people to their imaginative selves. Visioning Lab has run sessions for over 300 people as well as reaching 500 people more through the Visioning Lab YouTube channel.
These visioning sessions take different forms as follows:
- Manchester Futurists is a Meetup group run by BBC Futures duo, Rosie Campbell and Ahmed Razek. Visioning Lab ran a future visioning session with 40 members to generate visions of a ‘future city’
The first iteration of this collaboration was an art installation and performance at Brighton Rural Day, part of the Brunswick Festival. A team of artists, anthropologists and a curator created a two day installation as a leafcovered frame with water dripping through clay pots onto pools in a bed of sand and two lifesize stag dummies. In the evening event, we projected images of the changing planet onto the pools and onto the foliage in a nearby pond area. We ran ‘visioning sessions’ over the Sunday helping people imagine themselves as alternative creatures. A sound artist providing an aural backdrop. The installation provoked a strong and thoughtful response from visitors.
3) Future Salford aimed to stimulate discussion about how the city is changing and how people imagine its future. The project encouraged greater awareness of how people see the future differently – from elected politicians and staff in council and commercial organisations to staff and students at the University of Salford, to children and families in local communities. A Future Salford Sketchbook captures over 60 drawings and ideas expressed in six workshops.
4) Dane Bank Green Space is a contested area of land in Denton. Several Future Visioning workshops for the ‘Save Dane Bank’ organising committee and on their family fun day produced insight into what people expected to happen to the space they were trying to save. The visions of the committee ranged from ‘The Road to Hell’ where the land was completely built over to a ‘open, wonderful, usable green space’. The workshops led to better communication between parties involved and ultimately to the space being ‘saved’ by the community.