Dreaming Methods: The Abandoned Library

22 April 2023 - 13 May 2023

Award-winning duo Dreaming Methods present their brand-new immersive experience using VR technology and targeting the global climate crisis.

Set in an alternate reality in the north of England, The Abandoned Library is the latest project by Dreaming Methods, led by artists Andy Campbell and Judi Alston, and narrates a derelict library that has been affected by years of catastrophic environmental impact. As part of the ongoing development project that involves the use of VR technology, audiences are invited to engage in the fictional experience like never before.

Dreaming Methods are an award-winning creative studio who make compelling fictional experiences through VR, digital art, and games, with a strong focus on reimagining writing and literacy with timely and important contemporary global issues. Often working experimentally with real-time 3D technology, and combining film, text, spoken word, and soundscapes, Dreaming Methods playfully fuse genres, forming a distinctive ‘literary’ style that has gained them international recognition.

The artists will be on-site on Saturday 13 May, 12:00–16:00, marking the last day of the exhibition and during our popular Open Studios event. They will have a limited number of VR headsets available for visitors to completely immerse themselves in the experience, which have been supplied by XR Stories.

Over the course of this exhibition and as part of Wakefield WordFest, supported by Wakefield Libraries, the artists will run two bookable family VR workshops on 3 and 11 May, 16:00–19:00. These workshops are aimed at families with children over the age of 7. Booking is essential, which you can do here.