NB. Soma has been developed on from prototype project Figuring (University of Bristol, 2018).
The Soma Project explores the concept of ‘somatic agency’ – our experience of and capacity to sense and feel our living and moving bodies, highlighting the perception gap between seeing and feeling through the use of VR technologies.
“I think the thing that has stayed with me the most was that was a lot of very bold, unusual, experimental, multisensory, hypersensitive, extraordinary, ground-breaking work, like all in one go. It felt quite exceptional.”– Verity Macintosh, Programme Lead MA Virtual Reality, University of the West of England
“To actually to be able to visually see this kind of movement and this depth of this object in space and then to be able to manipulate and see it coming towards and away from me and around me, I just thought that was amazing.”– Holly Thomas
“The sensation was quite striking … strangely powerful and pleasure-able … you have a cultural experience which you know you kind of wander away and it’s over, but there was definitely a sort of lingering emotional impact … the sum of the experiences were definitely far more than a simple VR journey - and more valuable from my perspective.”– Chris Sharp, Contemporary Music Programmer, Barbican Centre, London
“The dancers were very generous, very kind. Mine was just incredibly generous and a very caring woman and that came across very quickly. There was an openness, so I felt quite safe with her.”– Participant
“My guide was great. They gave me a real sense of somatic power. The way they handled their relationship to the participants was amazing. I felt like they gave me power with those words and really completed the experience for me. I can imagine that staying with me.”– Participant