>SFL tools #1 Imperfect VR workshop

Imperfect VR Workshop by @crcdng

Thursday, Febr. 1st, 17.00-21.00h

Virtual Reality is making big headlines and many believe that it will finally become a significant medium. With all the current excitement around VR, an important question comes up: who will be the creators, who the consumers of this technology?

While big tech companies are competing in the space, Imperfect VR is based on the fundamental belief that everyone can build their own virtual reality.

In this workshop we will create a small, quirky VR experience with A-Frame and Google Cardboard. A-Frame is a beginner-friendly but capable open source VR framework based on web technology. Cardboard headsets allow us to use our smartphones as VR devices.

To take part, you need to bring a laptop and a (recent) smartphone. You do not need to have experience in computer programming. I will go through the absolute basics and will support advanced participants realizing their ideas in VR. After the workshop everyone should have a good understanding how to create their own virtual world in a few lines of code. We will also discuss politics of VR and perception (e.g. John Berger and James Elkins) and watch a little bit of Žižek.

We are not aiming for a perfect reality but we will have fun in the virtual.

Imperfect VR is inspired by and built upon ideas of Imperfect Cinema. Imperfect VR workshops have been given at places like Electromagnetic Field, Plymouth University, Royal College of Art and Space Studios London.

Imperfect VR is part of
SOCIAL FICTION LAB – A Worldbuilding Community, curated by Christiane Hütter.

REQUIREMENTS! Bring your own laptop (Mac, Windows, Linux) and a (preferably recent) smartphone (iPhone, Android). Because not all devices have a gyroscope sensor, your VR experience may be limited, but you will still be able to build the virtual world.

Cardboard VR headsets will be provided included in the ticket.

The number of participants is limited. Please sign up at at frauhue [at] gmx [dot] de. For covering our expenses we will charge 10 Euros per person.

Thursday, Febr. 1st, 17.00-21.00h




Documentation of the workshop:


Setting up A-Frame…


…Assemebling cardboards….

Orientation in 3dimensional virtual space.


Hello VR World! First steps… on the screen….


… on the mobile phone

and in the cardboard.