A virtual reality exploration into the life experience of multi-disciplinary artist, Marcel Schreur: thirty year oral cancer and seven year vascular dementia survivor.
'Life is Beautiful. Always.' is a virtual reality exploration into the unique life experience of multi-disciplinary artist, Marcel Schreur; thirty year oral cancer and seven year vascular dementia survivor. Diagnosed by specialists as a medical phenomenon, Schreur has lived most of his adulthood fighting life threatening illnesses.
Incorporating extracts from recorded interviews, 3D capture of Schreur’s studio, painting and sculpture, original pieces of 3D sculpture work created within VR by Schreur, motion capture, 3D animation, randomisation and user responsiveness, the experience generates a cyclical, non-linear narrative that explores Schreur’s unique life experience and approach to art.
‘Thought provoking and ground breaking work.’
‘I feel so lucky to have had the chance to experience something so touching. The VR really brought a completely “real” experience that would have been hard to achieve in any other way.’
‘Such an interesting change of perspective - the ability to be immersed in someone else’s head is fascinating.’
‘Virtual Reality has found a purpose with this exhibition.’
‘What a fantastic way to promote insight into the ways in which someone sees the world...Moving, engaging, at times alarming. A wonderful time, totally unexpected.’
‘It really pushes the boundaries of human understanding of the experience of another. Terrifying at points and I am so glad I was able to experience it. I feel I can go forward with a new viewpoint on what people with disabilities can experience.’
‘Incredibly powerful. The sense of fear/disorientation felt so real. I can see huge potential, this is helping to develop some understanding of the lived experience of illness/disability.’