Monolith

We partnered with suicide prevention organisation Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and artist Jack Dartford to showcase a powerful new immersive artwork Monolith to raise awareness around anxiety at Outernet London. The content was produced by Immersive Experience Company Chaos Inc and featured new audio work by sound designer Halina Rice.

A real time large scale particle system which encapsulates the audience with visuals, as well as spatial audio for full immersion. Jack, its creator, explains that the Monolith represents the brain, and the particles represent neurons. As more people enter the space, Monolith becomes more distorted and struggles to keep form as it starts to ‘feel’ anxious.

The piece showcased at Outernet’s flagship space The Now Building, featuring the most advanced immersive screen and audio technology in the world – 23,000 square feet of wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling 16K screens accompanied by a custom sound design that uses more than 70 loudspeakers. The spectacular screens and movement tracking technology deliver a cutting-edge immersive sound and vision experience which pushes the technical capabilities of the venue to new heights.

The soundtrack reflects the visual narrative – moving from calming soundscapes through to frenetic sound design underscored by pulsating basslines. Combining organic and inorganic sounds Halina Rice seeks to create a constantly evolving, otherworldly piece – underlining the unsettling theme of the overall installation. In a first for Outernet the soundtrack will make full use of their L-ISA spatial sound system by L-Acoustics with each individual sound carving its own path across the space, again in real-time.

Jack, as someone on the autistic spectrum who struggles to verbalize emotions turned to the interactive media as a means to better express himself. His goal is to create empathy amongst the public with those that do not have a large issue with anxiety on a daily basis and to show those that do that they are far from alone. He hopes this will create more conversation about anxiety and thus creating more of an understanding and a bridge between those who struggle with anxiety and those who do not.

Today over 8 million people in the UK struggle with anxiety at any one moment in time. If you’re struggling with anxious thoughts and want to talk to someone, CALM’s Helpline And Livechat are open from 5pm to midnight every day 365 days a year. Alternatively, you can head to CALM’s guide pages for practical tips and advice https://www.thecalmzone.net/guide-list

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