Call: Virtual Futures panel discussion on VR March 21, with free 360 livestream

Call for Participation

Altered Minds | Virtual Futures Salon
Tuesday 21 March 2017 18:30 – 21:00 GMT
The Hospital Club, London (UK)

This event is almost SOLD OUT, but you can join us on YouTube for our livestream in 360 degree video. We will be taking questions from the online audience and would love if you could help us spread the message through Thunderclap.


Virtual Futures presents a panel discussion on virtual reality with an artist who will live a simulated life in VR for 28 days, an academic who is using gaming to transform how humans experience the world, one of the UK’s leading VR developers, and a researcher who is using virtual reality to combat psychosis.

By becoming increasingly indistinguishable from reality, virtual environments are fast proving to have a transformative effect on the body and the brain. Studies show that Virtual Reality (VR) has been as effective as morphine at reducing sensitivity to chronic pain, it can normalise the fight or flight area in the brains of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and VR systems can effectively induce a feeling of body ownership.

VR can be used to treat but can it also be used to traumatise? What makes VR so effective in altering the way in which our mind works? How might designers and developers leverage these effects to design more immersive experiences?


Mark Farid, Artist Living in Virtual Reality for 28 Days (@morkforid)

Prof. Pam Kato, Professor of Serious Games (@PamKato)

Dr. Dave Ranyard, CEO of VR Development Studio Dream Reality Interactive & Former Director of Sony PlayStation’s London Studio (@Dr__Dave)

Prof. Lucia Valmaggia, Head of Virtual Reality Lab, Kings College London (@lrv451)

Moderated by:

Luke Robert Mason, Director of Virtual Futures (Moderator) (@LukeRobertMason)


Standard tickets are £12.50. Discounts are available for students, early career researchers & journalists. Contact for Promo Codes.

Tickets are FREE for Hospital Club Members. To reserve your ticket please RSVP here:


The Hospital Club is a centre for London’s creative community housing a television studio, screening room, live performance space, restaurant, lounges and gallery over seven floors. Find out more:


Creating Meaning invites you to explore your own emotional sustainability, equipped with the tools of creativity and dialogue. Inspired by David Bohm’s words, “a change of meaning is a change of being,” creative facilitator, Jessica Ball works to provide spaces for transformative learning and progressive thinking, through meaningful conversation and creative practices.


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Virtual Futures (Est.1994) is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Ticket sales help to cover the cost of speaker travel, filming and documentation.

We are always looking for forward thinking partners to support our work. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us,



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