Eyes of the Forest
BY Jess Bass — January 21, 2022

In the Eyes of the Animalcreated by Marshmallow Laser Feast, is a new virtual-reality experience that lets viewers see and explore nature as animals do. Created using a combination of 360-degree aerial filming, photogrammetry, and CT scans—along with a binaural soundtrack using audio recordings sourced from the surrounding woodland—the video offers a unique perspective of England’s Grizedale Forest and its local animal and insect inhabitants.

Outfitted with a moss-covered headset and a vibrating backpack from SubPac, viewers experience the sights of the forest from the perspective of everything from a midge to a dragonfly to a frog to an owl. Educational and playful, the experience offers new ways of interacting with the environment, instilling a modern bond with nature.

In the Eyes of the Animal was part of the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival located in the Grizedale Forest. The festival featured eight site-specific works, turning the forest into a temporary playground for filmmakers, artists, creative technologists, philosophers, and scientists. The program merged nature with the latest in digital trends. There were drones, funghi, outdoor cinema, kite flying, and even singing trees.