A Colossal Wave of pollution will flood Hull Marina

Published: Thursday 30th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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A digital tsunami is about to hit Hull Marina!

The latest fascinating UK City of Culture art installation combines creativity with cutting-edge technology.

Marshmallow Laser Feast, the talented studio behind U2’s interactive light performance, has put together a captivating experience to immerse and amaze audiences.

From tomorrow until Sunday 10 December, audiences can take part in an interactive, mind-blowing event as part of Substance festival, which explores culture and creativity in the context of the future of the North.

“In keeping with our fourth season, Tell the World, which reflects on Hull’s commitment to new technology and experimental work, A Colossal Wave! celebrates the creativity, innovation and vitality of the city,” Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, enthuses. “As well as complementing the city’s contribution to the digital age, the interactive digital sculpture encourages visitors to see the city in a different light.”

At Hull Marina, people can toss a bowling ball from a great height to illustrate Isaac Newton’s theories of action and reaction.

Using virtual reality headsets and seeking shelter under large umbrellas., audiences see their ball smash into the ground, causing a powerful tsunami. Your senses will be heightened by a backpack that recreates realistic vibrations and audio. It’s as if the tsunami is actually happening in real time.

The multi-sensory project is a lot more than just a bit of VR fun; it has a serious message about our impact on the planet. The wave is filled with abstract computer graphics, known as voice fruits. These strange creatures symbolise the billions of manmade waste particles that pollute our oceans.

According to Surfers Against Sewage, approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution are dumped into the seas every single day. This has drastic effects on our planet and wildlife. Over 100,000 marine mammals and turtles, as well as one million seabirds, are killed by the effects of plastic pollution each year.

The voice fruits are being created by members of the public at the C4DI. Each creature is unique to the individual, as they are cleverly created by the sound fluctuations and tone of your voice. You can see your voice fruit as it is ‘born’ with the impressive VR headsets. These will then be used in the Marina as they pollute the virtual wave.

The thought-provoking piece puts Hull on the map as a technologically innovative city, as well as a place that is dedicated to conservation.

A Colossal Wave! will be located just moments away from The Deep, which continuously strives for the conservation of our world’s oceans through education and, more recently for the City of Culture year, art installations.

“Using the latest advancements in VR, A Colossal Wave! gives people an opportunity to experience unforgettable Alice in Wonderland-style moments of wonder,” Robin McNicholas, Marshmallow Laser Feast’s Creative Director, explains. “By stimulating the public’s imagination and driving conservation around environmental issues, we hope to inspire the people of Hull.”

You can experience A Colossal Wave! from tomorrow until Sunday 10 December. The installation will be open 12pm-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm at the weekend. To find out more about this wonderful event, please visit the Hull 2017 website.

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Published: Thursday 30th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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