Ruth Gibson (Artist), Bruno Martelli (Artist)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchDigital or Visual Media


MAN A VR aims to push the viewer into the ‘computer space’ of our performers, surrounding the viewer with choreographed dancers. A cocktail of camouflage — hiding, revealing, information bearing, noticeable, unnoticeable, marked, unmarked, appearing, disappearing. MAN A VR is available for Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE and for the prototype version Google Cardboard.
The MAN A project draws inspiration from the visual language of 'dazzle' camouflage, developed by artist Norman Wilkinson in WW1. Examining relationships between figure & landscape - this MAN A project forms a ‘laboratory’ to experiment with a number of different ideas around this concept together with motion capture, large format printing, augmented reality and for this piece VR. 
Research aims: Generate the potential for kinaesthetic responses to visual information.Encourage audiences body involvement in the viewing process.Challenge ideas of dance performance and display in a different format through the lens of technology in combination with visual art.Construct different modalities of performance.
Concept & Design: Gibson/Martelli
Performers: Nicola Gibbons, Ruth Gibson, Siobhan O’Neil, Robert Davidson, Eszter Gal, Bettina Neuhaus, Joe Moran, Florence Peake, Julie Nathanielsz.
Sound: Adam Nash
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventA Virtual Reality Exhibition: Enter Through the Headset 2 - Gazelli Art House, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 201730 Sep 2017


  • Performance
  • virtual reality
  • dazzle
  • camouflage
  • Augmented reality
  • Printing
  • Motion capture
  • CGI

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