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Porton Down

Venice Virtual Reality

Director:
Callum Cooper
Production:
Callum Cooper, Constance Nuttall
Running Time:
15’
Country:
Australia, UK
Screenplay:
Callum Cooper, Don Webb
Editor:
Anna Meller
Sound:
Q Department powered by Mach 1
Animators:
Callum Cooper
Developer(s):
Siyuan Qiu, NOCA
Sound recording:Pran Bandi, Jack O’Brien, Cal Frazer
Game Designer:Sam Von Ehren
Installation Design:Annika Bowker
Installation Performer:Kay Loren
Graphic Designer:Archie Mcleish
Associate Producers:Squint Opera, Michael Latham, Naima Abed, Bobby Kapur

Synopsis

Porton Down is a psychedelic descent into the checkered past of a government’s human experimentation program. An experimental biography that explores the disquieting experiences of Don Webb, who found himself unwittingly entangled in a secret British Cold War programme. Hand-drawn in Virtual Reality and co-written with Webb, Porton Down examines Webb’s experiences as a military test subject and the after effects of the experiment that bewildered him for the next fifty years. Participants in the experience become subjects of another kind of testing, as the project investigates its own medium with a critical eye

Director’s Statement

I wanted to explore notions of trust and consent through Don’s 1953 experience. His story resonates today as we too have become guinea pigs through the pervasive rise of VR and AR. I co-opt the technology in Porton Down to examine its unprecedented capacity to not only intimately track us, but also manipulate our understanding of the world.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION: Callum Cooper, Constance Nuttall
273 Grand Street
10002 – New York, United States
Tel. +1 646 850 4489
portondownvr@gmail.com
http://www.porton-down.com

PRESS OFFICE: Emily Conees-Browne – UpSpring PR
276 Fifth Avenue
10001 - New York, United States
Tel. +1 646 722 8146
Mob. 415-741-6541
emily@upspringpr.com


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