BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 17 September '15

Virtual Reality film takes Londoners into Nature

This month, a groundbreaking Virtual Reality (VR) film will plunge busy Londoners into the depths of the wild.

Natural Reality 2:1 will be launched at Human Nature as part of 19 Greek Street’s ethical lifestyle exhibition, The Art of Progress.

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The impact of technology

A collaboration between environmental art show Human Nature and film production companies Third Channel and Noor Pictures, Natural Reality 2:1 was filmed on the North Norfolk marshes using cutting edge 360 technology.

This new VR film investigates the impact technology is having on our ability to connect to one another and the world around us.

Natural Reality 2:1 explores the force our digital lives have over our relationships with one another and the earth, questioning the future and essence of happiness. It’s never been more important to evaluate these connections.

‘Virtual Reality is set to become part of our daily lives and this is a unique opportunity to see one of the first productions out there. It joins over 60 pieces of work on show at Human Nature that explore our changing relationship with the environment, bringing something truly unique to London with painting, photography, film, sculpture and street art.’

Charlotte Webster, founder and curator of Human Nature

Immersive contemplation

Shortlisted for the Sheffield Documentary ARTE Interactive award, Natural Reality 2:1 is already causing a stir in the film world.

‘Using VR headsets, viewers will be plunged into an immersive contemplation of nature, human relationships and the role of technology in the interruption of these two vital elements of life. We hope the film inspires more people to appreciate nature, uninterrupted.’

Dorothea Gibbs, Natural Reality 2:1 director

Private party

Human Nature will be at 19 Greek Street, London, from 17-27 September as part of ethical lifestyle exhibition The Art of Progress during London Design Festival.

A private party will be held on Tuesday 22 September (18.00-21.30) at 19 Greek Street, London. Click here to register.

‘We can’t expect people to care about nature if they don’t have the chance to experience it directly. The technology behind this amazing film immerses you completely in the natural world and helps us realise how our wellbeing and the planet’s wellbeing are directly related.’

Bruce Davis, co-founder and joint managing director, Abundance

Human Nature

Following its two-day pop-up launch in London last year, Human Nature has been on tour in Leeds and Bristol, and is now heading back to the capital.

Human Nature’s collection of 17 artists includes Harry Cory Wright, Lesley Hilling, ATM, Jonesy, Louis Masai, Maczel Lang and Nicola Nemec. They join a number of designers on show at ‘The Art of Progress’, bringing a first-of-its-kind collaboration and exciting taste of the future to the capital.

Click here to find out more about the Art of Progress. More on the Human Nature environmental art show can be found here.