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The Departure Lounge combines VR and MR technologies to deliver a futuristic experience exploring climate change’s impact on our immediate environment. A collaboration between XR professionals and the University of the Arts London, it’s an event in two sequential parts; The VR component immerses users in a haunting future world, in which our own hometowns have been disfigured by the worst excesses of global warming. It is an uncompromising story that delivers a shocking punch. The subsequent MR component offers agency over that future, empowering users to affect positive change, and providing a climate change toolkit to shape that future.

The Departure Lounge is a symbiotic experience where two technologies converge to evoke empathy, reflection and a heightened environmental awareness. The antithesis of a didacticism, it is designed to be a thought-provoking exploration of the world we are shaping, which marries art, science and storytelling to create a unique and provocative experience.

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    The Experience
    The Experience

    VR and MR

    Departure Lounge combines VR and MR technologies to deliver a futuristic experience exploring the impact of climate change on your immediate environment. A collaboration between XR professionals and the MIDA programme at UAL, it is an event in two parts; The VR component immerses users in a haunting future world, in which their own hometowns have been ravaged by the worst excesses of global warming. It is an uncompromising story that that delivers a shocking punch. The subsequent MR component offers agency over that future, empowering users to affect positive change, and providing a climate change tool kit to shape a better future.

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    Vision Statement
    Vision Statement

    Climate change is upon us and yet when it comes to tackling it, we’re still falling short. The sacrifices needed are nothing compared to the prize of a shared future, but a combination of fatalism and climate fatigue threatens to derail us. Our mission is to tackle that indifference.

    Statistics alone won’t do it. Nor big sticks. But we have more powerful tools in our arsenal. The narrative potential of a cross-platform experience like ours offers the opportunity to create a compelling story and seductive narrative world, which acts as a powerful tool for amplifying awareness of the impacts of climate change.

    We believe The Departure Lounge is more than an XR experience; it's a powerful tool for education, reflection, and transformation.

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    Outreach & Benefits
    Outreach & Benefits

    Our vision for 'The Departure Lounge' extends beyond the confines of the immersive community. It's not just about crafting an experience; we're constructing a versatile platform poised for widespread appeal and growth.

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    The Project So far...
    The Project So far...

    The Departure Lounge was initially conceived as a ghostly VR experience with an environmental twist, but as the idea evolved, it became clear that the project was destined for something far greater. Initial support from UAL, allowed us to develop a proof of concept for the narrative VR component, but we were still debating the shape and potential value of the second MR component, right up until late 2023 when the excitement it generated at Immersive Tech Week in Rotterdam, gave us the nudge we needed to take the project on to the next level.

    Follow the link to find out where we are and how far we’ve come…

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    the teaM
    the teaM

    We are a loose artistic collective with diverse expertise, encompassing creative direction, animation, directing, sound design and contemporary thinking in VR practice and immersive art. We share a fascination with the potential of XR technologies and a common goal - the creation of grand-breaking immersive experiences with a positive impact.

    'The Departure Lounge' emerged from our collective desire to combat climate fatigue by bridging the gap between art and science with a cross-platform experience that is at once compelling, educational and empowering.

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