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Narrative XR Lab

Narrative XR Lab is a creative lab at Visual Arena, where artistic storytelling in Extended Reality (XR) is developed and explored.

Here, graphic designers, screenwriters, game developers, project managers, directors and programmers get access to technology and guidance from experts to develop an XR idea.

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Important dates for: Workshops & presentations  

  • Introduction: October 26, Visual Arena, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Narrative XR Lab visits Play Labs Film, performance & game festival in Skövde, October 27 
  • DIY VP-introduktion & workshop, Gothenburg Film Studios, 31 October
  • Dan Sanquist from HDK-Valand teaches 180 and 360 filming, 3 Nov 09:00 - 12:00

  • May Abdalla from Anagram, winner of Venice Film Festival VR section 2022 and jury member this year. Q&A. November 9 - you have to register on your own for this session

  • Interactive Storytelling & games, Rebeca Rouse, Playlab, November 10

  • HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg gives a lecture on art and games, November 17, 13:00 - 14:30

  • Mads Dambo, the producer of the 2021 Venice winner for End of Night. Right now Mads is current with Caspar AI, where an AI trained on a renowned filmmaker will direct a movie in 2024. November 24, 11:00 - 12:30

  • Visual Arena talks design and storytelling with a subsequent workshop, December 1

  • A case study of an ongoing VR work in development - Crow Castle - by Ismaila Jallow. , December 7, 13:00 - 14:30

    Ismaila will share her thoughts and reflections on the process, format and experiences during development. Why XR? What happens when different technologies meet? And how do you relate to a format where the narrative language is still to be defined? Paul Blomgren provides an overview of the financing situation for XR plants in Sweden and shares his thoughts on production & environmental analysis. 14:30-16:00 Opportunity to experience a section of the VR experience Kråkslott

    Location: Gothenburg Film Studios, Studio 2 Polstjärnegatan 10

  • Bombina Bombast 13:00-17:00 at Gothenburg Film Studios, Studio 3, 13:00 - 17:00, 12 December.

    Bombina Bombast is an award-winning performing arts company that has created a unique profile and its own universe where performance, art and technology are deeply intertwined. Under the artistic direction of Emma Bexell Stanisic & Stefan Bexell Stanisic and based in Malmö, their storytelling art is characterized by a feeling that nothing is impossible - neither artistically nor technologically.

    13:00-14:30 Masterclass (public)


    15:30-17:00 Slumberland/demo (only for Narrativ XR participants)

  • Erik from RISE, give a presentation on interactivity and games + Tutorial and verification of ideas and format, December 15

  • Final presentation in front of an external audience: Visual Arena, December 19, 14:00 - 16:00 (open event, register here). (Time for lab participants: 13:00 - 17:00)

Extended Reality (XR), which includes media such as VR, AR & MR, is growing and being explored by more and more players. We are now looking for you who want to explore artistic storytelling in the medium, strengthen your skills and create ideas together in interdisciplinary groups consisting of directors / creators / artists, graphic designers / game developers and project managers.


Partners and financing


The Narrative XR Lab project is being implemented by Visual ArenaLindholmen Science Park in collaboration with FilmCloud / Förvaltningen för Kulturutveckling, Västra Götalandsregionen, Gothenburg Film Studios, RISE, HDK-ValandKulturförvaltningen, Västra Götalandsregionen, Högskolan i Skövde and Film&TV vid Lindholmen Science Park

This investment is possible thanks to support from Västra Götalandsregionens kulturnämnd

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Create with the support of industry leaders within XR.

In the groups you will work together to develop an idea but also get support from our project partners:

  • Gothenburg Film Studios 
    Gothenburg Film Studios will provide guidance for 360-degree video and virtual production, as well as plan and conduct lectures and practical workshops.
  • RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden 
    RISE will provide education and guidance in how storytelling and narrative can be facilitated through game and interactive technology. RISE will also make available equipment and methodologies related to these areas.
  • HDK-Valand – Högskolan för konst och design, Göteborgs universitet
    HDK-Valand will be active in the work around workshops and curate seminars / panel discussions linked to VR.
  • Förvaltningen för kulturutvecklingen
    The administration for cultural development will create conditions for content and experiences in the project to be made available to a wider and larger audience in the form of seminars, presentations or open workshops.

  • Film & TV på Lindholmen
    Film & TV will be active in disseminating information about the project in their network. They will also enable your participants to submit your ideas to the funding announcements that Film & TV will carry out in the autumn of 2022.

  • Kultur i Halland, KiH
    Culture in Halland will contribute with its broad network in digital creation and find ways for further financing of parallel projects.

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