VR Playground

Category: Show Related artist: Brendan Walker

A collection of unnervingly entertaining virtual reality worlds, to be experienced and performed riding on a set of up to 8 playground swings.

Don a virtual reality headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported on an exhilarating swing-powered adventure:

High Roller: scoot through the metropolis inside a mono-wheel. (Thrill Laboratory rating “turbocharged”)

Shuttlecock: leap tall structures in a single bound. (Thrill Laboratory rating “bonkers”)

Jellyfish: undulate upwards to escape the deep abyss. (Thrill Laboratory rating “eerie”)

Walker: from baby steps to giant strides – go strut your stuff. (Thrill Laboratory rating “feel good”)

VR Playground is an experiential ride installation and public aerial performance created by Brendan Walker and his Thrill Laboratory.
VR Playground is commissioned by Horizon Digital Economy Research, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, and Without Walls. It is supported by Arts Council England and produced by Thrill Laboratory, Horizon Digital Economy Research, and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Thrill Laboratory is a fluid organisation of artists, designers, scientists, engineers and technologists, all of whom have a passion for experimentation www.thrilllaboratory.com

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Show Details

  • Date Created: 2017
  • Length: 3 minutes
  • Performance area: 4.5m x 23m for 8 swings. Fewer swings require smaller area
  • Approx. get-in / get out: 5 hours get-in /3 hours get out
  • Number. of people on road: 3
  • Workshops available: Yes
  • Access facilities: Wheelchair access
  • Scale: Medium scale
  • Capacity: 500-2000
  • Availability: Has touring availability
  • Language: Non-text based
  • Audience type: All audiences, all ages

Our Videos

operator training video
woman screams on swing
swings being built time-lapse
High Roller (moving fixed POV)
Walker (moving fixed POV)
Jellyfish (moving fixed POV)
Shuttlecock (moving fixed POV)