A (very personal) impression of the Japan-UK knowledge exchange network in VR that happened in Tokyo in June, 2019. Day 4 of 4.

Friday, June 28th
Selfies, Zombies and presentations

It was our last day and I was excited about the prospects waiting for us. The first was teamLab Borderless, a group of artworks that form one borderless world. Artworks move out of rooms, communicate with other works, influence, and sometimes intermingle with each other with no boundaries.

Projection mapping in a gigantic space

Below you can see a video showing a little bit of the exhibition:

Personally it was a nice way to start…


A (very personal) impression of the Japan-UK knowledge exchange network in VR that happened in Tokyo in June, 2019. Day 3 of 4.

Thursday, June 27th
Ceremonies, the future of live music, Tokyo and playing

Our day started on a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea in a traditional tea room with tatami floor: the Tea Ceremony. It was so incredibly moving to watch as our host patiently and respectfully showed us how to be mindful in preparing tea for someone (and drinking it).

The tea ceremony

Made me wonder if these kind of traditions could be passed to young generations…


A (very personal) impression of the Japan-UK knowledge exchange network in VR that happened in Tokyo in June, 2019. Day 2 of 4.

Wednesday, June 26th
Haptics, illusions, mixed reality and all sorts of robots

We started the day having a quick breakfast at a very different kind of Starbucks, and stumbled on a beautiful exhibition by Atsushi Minakata, where he seemed to be following a fox through an abandoned city. After yesterday, looking at his pictures made me feel like being in a movie, where magical things were happening all around me.


A (very personal) impression of the Japan-UK knowledge exchange network in VR that happened in Tokyo in June, 2019. Day 1 of 4.

Tuesday, June 25th
Tokyo, VR Arcade, cosplay, Hashilus and storytelling

Before I start talking about the network, let me just say that this is the first time I visit Japan. It was always my dream, and so on top of being in awe about everything I was about to learn and exchange about VR, this time there was also a layer of reality that I had never experienced before. I have to say it made my brain…


Japan-UK knowledge exchange network in VR that happened in London in May, 2019. Day 4 of 4.

Friday, May 3rd.
The importance of concept, age restrictions, illusions and Back to the Future

Eleanor Dare starts the day by reviewing the week and reminding us of the core value of creating for VR or anything else. She asks us “what makes the RCA the biggest Arts University in the world? Is it the technology we have available here? Definitely not.” I love her “no BS” attitude.

Eleanor and my favorite Kubrick movie

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About the Japan-UK knowledge exchange network in VR that happened in London in May, 2019. Day 3 of 4.

Thursday, May 2nd.
The importance of playing, haptic devices, MRI scan and extended realities.

Peter and Iona Opie

The day starts with John Potter at the UCL talking about his work with Playing the Archive (a project exploring the nature of play) and how children incorporate pop culture into their playing, like drawing their favorite youtubers as a play object, clapping games, and adaptations of singing games to include digital culture such as snapchat.

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About the Japan-UK knowledge exchange network in VR that happened in London in May, 2019. Day 2 of 4.

Wednesday, May 1st.
Creativity, physical playing, experience design and cardboard workshop

We started the day visiting the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Design Museum, where we dove into the story of the director, and discovered his unique ways of using his creativity to realize entire worlds. When I entered the exhibition, I heard an interview being played on an old speaker placed in a dusty shell of his books. …


Japan-UK knowledge exchange network in VR that happened in London in May, 2019. Day 1 of 4.

I was invited by Dylan Yamada-Rice to be part of a Japan-UK knowledge exchange network focused on location-based Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for children. Having just finished a two year research with her focusing on VR experiences for children, where we compared the physical and virtual sides of playing in VR, I was curious about what I might learn and contribute to this exchange.

Dylan organized four days packed with lectures, visits to relevant places, and an overall feeling of experimentation and…

Glück Workshops

My name is Deborah, and I explore the intersection of learning, interaction and play as a path to strengthen creativity in children using Arts and Technology.

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