Eidolon360 @ British HCI

Eidolon360 will premiere at:

Interactions Gallery
@British HCI: Digital Make Believe
University of Sunderland
3-6th July 2017

Eidolon360 is a virtual reality artwork and experience that is interacted with through VR headsets. The viewer, reclines on a bed within the exhibition space, and experiences a 360 film, shot within the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors, at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital, that mimics clinical hospital locations, such as operating theatres and hospital wards. The reclining viewer inhabits the point of view of resuscitation manikin Resusci Anne, set within a resuscitation training room. A medic (actress Pauline Goldsmith) approaches Resusci Anne and tenderly recounts her origin story, an intriguing tale of a mysterious drowned young woman, L’inconnue de la Seine, found in Paris in the late 1880’s, who became the face of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), Resusci Anne, and has since been revived by over 300 million people worldwide. The film attempts to present an emotionally resonant anecdote, as an immersive experience, scrutinizing the overlaps between real life and simulation.

The piece is being stitched, edited and sound-tracked at the moment (thanks to Tom Flint for 360 stitching, George Mikrogiannakis for sound design, and of course Pauline Goldsmith for her performance).

Hope to see you there!



The final section of Eidolon is underway, and it’s going to be a 360video experience of the L’inconnue/Resusci Anne origin story, interacted with through VR Headsets! It’ll feature my longstanding collaborator, actor Pauline Goldsmith (currently performing in Bluebeard’s Castle & the 8th Door, Scottish Opera’s collaboration with Vanishing Point – catch it if you can!) and is being developed in collaboration with Tom Flint, Programme Director for Digital Media and Interaction Design at Napier University, and all round 360 video aficionado (very lucky to have him on board!).

More news of where you will be able to see/experience Eidolon360 this summer, coming soon…

Eidolon360 - VR experience still

Eidolon360 – VR experience still


Eidolon Monograph

A luscious monograph was published in August, to accompany the presentation of the Eidolon live performance and video installation, at the Edinburgh Art Festival. With essays by Nicola White and Marina Warner, photography by Alicia Bruce, Emma Bowen and Lindsay Perth, and design by Marco Scerri, it features performers Freya Jeffs, Pauline Goldsmith, Robert Stanley Pattison and Magnus Sinding Hølvold.

The Eidolon monograph now available at Streetlevel Photoworks and the Fruitmarket Gallery bookshop.

Thanks everyone for all your fantastic contributions!

Eidolon Monograph



Eidolon @ Edinburgh Art Festival

It’s almost festival time in Edinburgh, and Eidolon will be presented as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival this year. From 13-21 and 24-27 August, a two screen video installation will be exhibited at Edinburgh College of Art, Main Building, Room C28 (11am-5pm with late openings until 8pm on Wed 17 & Thurs 18 August). A monograph publication about the project will be available to buy at the venue.

Eidolon - ManiDance (2016) video

Eidolon – ManiDance (2016) video screenshot

On Sat 20 & Sun 21 August the Eidolon performance will be presented at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh (pick up from Edinburgh College of Art).

Tickets are available from: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eidolon-performance-edinburgh-art-festival-tickets-26355118870

Eidolon’s presentation at the Edinburgh Art Festival is supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors, and NHS Lothian.


IAB2016 – 15th June 2016

A huge thanks to all those who were involved in the Eidolon performance at the Clinical Skills & Assessment Centre (CSAC), Western General on 15th June as part of the World Congress on Biomedical Ethics IAB2016, from audience, performers, CSAC staff and photographer Alicia Bruce, who documented the event. We’re now looking forward to more performances at CSAC on 20/21 August and a video installation at Edinburgh College of Art from 12-21 August as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. More details about how to book for the performance coming soon at edinburghartfestival.com/


Eidolon @ IAB2016

Exciting news – Eidolon will be performed at the Clinical Skills Assessment Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh on Wed 15th June 2016, as part of the International Congress on Biomedical Ethics 2016.

The performance will only be available to conference delegates and places are limited so sign up early!



Eidolon @Edinburgh Art Festival

Eidolon will be presented at the Edinburgh Art Festival 2016, as part of Edinburgh College of Art’s partner events programme. A dual screen video installation version of the work will be installed within Edinburgh College of Art from 12-21 August and a series of live performances, featuring Freya Jeffs, Pauline Goldsmith and Stanley Pattison, will be presented at the Clinical Skills and Assessment Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh on 20-21 August (times TBC).


Beverley Hood – Eidolon 2016. Photography ®Lindsay Perth

Look out for further info in coming weeks at http://edinburghartfestival.com/whats-on