The James Hutton Institute (formerly The Macaulay Institute) will be demonstrating its Virtual Landscape Theatre in The Argyllshire Gathering Halls, Oban during the Festival of the Sea (on twitter @ObanSeaFestival) later this month.
The Virtual Landscape Theatre (VLT) is a mobile curved screen projection facility in which small groups of people can be immersed in computer models of their environment to explore landscapes or seascapes of the past, present and future. Groups of 12-15 people will have the opportunity to experience different environments by interactively moving around the virtual world. Having had the experience, you can record your opinion on a hand-held voting console for the group to discuss the issues raised.
The theme for the Festival of the Sea is ‘Our Future Seascapes’, including topical debates like wind farm developments on the west coast, pressures on land use and the coast around Loch Linnhe, and other related environmental subjects.
The VLT will be open to schools on May 18th, to the public on May 19th and 20th and would like to invite local authorities and other public services to visit it on May 21st and 22nd.
Entry is free and each presentation and discussion will last about one hour. There are several models of environmental issues relevant to Oban, Lorn and the Isles, and which by pre-arrangement can be tailored to the interests of a single group.
To book a place or for more information, please contact Paula Horne by email or at The James Hutton Institute on 01224 395267 (direct) or 0844 928 5428 (switchboard).