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SXSW 2019


Date/Time: Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th 11.00am-6.00pm

Location: J W Marriott, Griffin Hall

Participants: Anna Meredith/59 Productions/BBC VR HUB/BBC Proms

Nothing to be Written tells the stories behind ‘field postcards’ one of the few communication options in WWI between soldiers on the front and their families. Nothing was to be written on them as communication was only allowed through the prescribed phrases. Moving, haunting and emotive, the experience is a powerful and poignant exploration of the human stories beyond the edges of the postcards. This award-winning 7 minute experience is set to an orchestral and choral score by composer Anna Meredith and premiered at the BBC Proms 2018. VR commissioned by the BBC VR Hub and created by 59 Productions.


59 Productions is the Olivier and Tony Award-winning company of artists behind the video

design of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, globe-trotting smash

hit, War Horse, the design and creative direction of the record- breaking David Bowie is exhibition and multiple award winning VR Projects.


Led by directors Leo Warner, Mark Grimmer, Lysander Ashton and Richard Slaney, with the company’s New York branch led by Ben Pearcy, 59 are world-leading specialists in design for stage, live events and VR, the go-to team for generating creative and technical ideas to realise ambitious artistic projects.


The VR Hub is a mixed reality studio within the BBC that has commissioned a host of internationally acclaimed, award-winning VR and 360 video experiences.


The VR Hub is focussed on exploring how storytelling in XR can extend the BBC's mission to inform, educate and entertain. Nothing to be Written was presented with BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions.


Anna Meredith’s original composition was performed live at the BBC Proms 2018 by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms Youth Ensemble and National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and was conducted by Sakari Oramo.

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