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Hijinx Unity Festival

Unity Expanded

Free virtual reality and immersive experiences


1 June – 7 July 2024

Hijinx Unity Festival

Unity Expanded

Free virtual reality and immersive experiences

1 June – 7 July 2024


Wales Millennium Centre and Hijinx Unity Festival present Unity Expanded – a free exhibition of three works by disabled artists and creators working in immersive technology.

Spotlighting works from around the world, the exhibition celebrates disabled artists, pushes the boundaries of storytelling and challenges societal perceptions of disability.


Sue Austin, from Devon, UK, is a disabled artist who aims to change perceptions of the wheelchair. For her, after spending years bedbound, the wheelchair gives her freedom. She 'flies' an NHS wheelchair underwater. She has adapted the chair with battery powered propellers and large perspex aerofoils to control turns. She is in the process of applying for a patent and hopes that one day these chairs will be made available at diving centres across the world. You can read more about Sue and her art at her website

This film was shot and edited by Norman Lomax of Moving Content, UK.

Directed, Created, Starring: Sue Austin
Cinematography: Dan Burton
Videographer: Dan Burton
Stills Photography: Rob Keene


Discover the multi-award winning narrative VR experience Notes On Blindness – an emotional journey into a world beyond sight. In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audio cassettes. These original diary recordings create the basis of this interactive non-fictional narrative which is a cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. Storytelling, art direction and graphical universe form a unique and singular immersion, completed by movement tracking, spacialized sound and controller interactions.

Narrator: John Hull
Production: Ex Nihilo, ARTE France, Archer’s Mark
Exeutive Producer: Novelab, Atlas V
Creative Director: Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton and James Spinney
Artistic Director: Béatrice Lartigue, Fabien Togman and Arnaud Desjardins
Creative Coder: Robin Picou
Sound Design and Programming: Florent Dumas and Thomas Couchard
Producer: Arnaud Colinart, David Coujard, Mike Brett and Jo-Jo Ellison
Executive Producer and Audio Director: Amaury La Burthe
Project Assistant: Landia Egal and Corentin Lambot
VR Representative: Vincent Dondaine and Fred Volhuer
Distribution: Astrea


'Where déjà vu refers to something new feeling familiar, jamais vu is the sensation of something mundane feeling suddenly unfamiliar. For me, this depersonalisation – which impacts my relationship to myself, my space, and those around me – is the first sign that a vestibular migraine attack is coming.' (Ben Andrews - Creator)

Building from his own experience of chronic vestibular migraine (VM), Turbulence: Jamais Vu is a mixed-reality experience that brings you into Ben's reality, incorporating a physical desk with a depth-camera mounted to the VR headset. This allows you to see your own hands and interact with the environment around you… except self and world are made increasingly strange in this experience, upsetting normative motor function and perceptions.

Image: VR experience footage 
Director: Ben Joseph Andrews, Emma Roberts
Production: Ben Joseph Andrews, Emma Roberts for Pernickety Split
Developer: Ben Joseph Andrews
Sound Design: Matt Faisandier, Erin K Taylor
Music: Matt Faisandier
Screening copy: Emma Roberts for Pernickety Split

Opening times:
Sun – Mon: 11am – 4pm
Tue – Sat: 11am – 6pm

Running times:
Notes on Blindness: 7mins
Jamais Vu: 10mins
Creating the Spectacle: Looped

Age guidance:
Notes on Blindness and Jamais Vu: 13+
Creating the Spectacle: All ages welcome. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Main image: 
'Freewheeling' | Image Copyright: Sue Austin. Photography: Norman Lomax

What is a Virtual Reality experience?

Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a simulated world. Guests wear a headset with integrated over the ear headphones.

Do I need to book?

You can pre-book tickets to this free experience to guarantee a space, or just turn up on the day.

Each session has a capacity of 3.

Last admission is 6pm Tue – Sat, 4pm Sun + Mon.

Do I need to bring anything?

Spectacles may be worn under the VR headset, however it may be more comfortable to wear contact lenses or go without your glasses for the experience.

What are the health and safety measures?

Most people do not experience any negative reactions to Virtual Reality. However, VR may be disorientating for individuals who are neurodiverse, have hearing or sight impairments, or experience vertigo, epilepsy, dizziness, seizures, motion sickness or fainting.

If you are pregnant or have a pacemaker, please consult with your GP before taking part.

Trained facilitators will be on hand to provide support and guidance throughout the experience should you require it.

We thoroughly clean and sanitise all equipment, including headsets and headphones, with hospital-grade antibacterial wipes and a UV machine before each use. We request that you use the hand sanitiser provided on arrival.

Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. VR is not recommended for Under 13s.

Babies in slings are not permitted inside the experience.

Any guests arriving for the experience who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to take part.

A VR headset resting on the floor with neon lights in the background

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