Artist Spotlight – Studio Go Go

14 October, 2023

VR thrill ride creators, Studio Go Go, bring you Volo: dreams of flight – an exciting da Vinci-inspired virtual reality playground swing experience.

Don a VR headset, climb aboard, and take flight in one of four virtual flying machines! Flap and soar over cliffs as an Ornithopter bird-person; ascend to join a psychedelic aerial ballet in your Helical Screw; shoot into satellite orbit from a renaissance cannon; or bank and weave in a Glider across extraterrestrial landscapes.

Volo celebrates the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci: his fabulous flying contraptions, his studies of flight, and his pioneering work on optical instruments.

Volo by Studio Go Go

Get to know the artist

We asked Studio Go Go some questions to get to know them and their practice better.

What does the theme ‘Emergence’ mean to you/your practice?

No production is better than an audience’s imagination. I get most excited by ideas that add or change just one small element, which transforms the way an audience perceives and experiences the world, and their role in it.

What do you love most about being a part of our festival?

We’ve enjoyed reaching a wide audience on the Touring Outdoor Arts network, but this is the first time we’ll be celebrating the digital media, which is fundamental to the experiences we provide.

What would you like the audience to take away from experiencing your work?

A sense of exhilaration – that something so simple could have such a transformative effect.

How does your art connect with the local culture of Lincoln?

Lincoln’s town centre reminds me a lot of Chesterfield. My mum would take us shopping to the market square. Every stall presented a different experiential adventure. It’s one reason I love the culture surrounding traveling fairground rides, and connecting with communities I recognise, like Lincoln.

What message or emotion do you aim to convey through your work?

I’d like the audience to remember what it was like to swing as a child, and let their imaginations take over.

Could you describe the feeling you get when you see your art resonating with people?

It’s why I do what I do – to watch the change on someone’s face. To hear them scream with laughter, or shriek with a little fear. It’s even more powerful to watch the faces of the friends and family of a wheelchair user, as they see the same thing. For some wheelchair users they may never have been on a swing, let along inside a transformative VR experience! I feel proud and privileged to have played some small role in creating these moments.

Find out more about Studio Go Go

To find out more about the immersive Virtual Reality experience, you can follow Studio GoGo on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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