Experience and immersive technologies – from creative practice to educational theory

Who are we?

  • The Jagiellonian University, Institute of Culture, as project coordinator
  • Film School in Lodz with their center of excellence in the digital media, the Visual Narratives Laboratory,
  • University of Malta with their Department of Digital Arts as knowledge transfer partner for Learning Teaching Training and summer school organizer,
  • University of Athens with their Laboratory of new technologies in communication, education and mass media as knowledge transfer partner in VR design and evaluation, LTT, and Multiplier event organizer.

Why do we do this?

The COVID-19 epidemic, which limited our social activity by locking us in our homes, has led to unprecedented activity in the digital sphere, not only forcing entire areas of culture and education to embrace the virtual, but also to look for new ways to engage and strengthen participation in this realm. With the traditional channels of consumption and participation in events closed, education, tourism, the conference industry as well as artistic practice had to find new ways to reach their audiences. These actors focused not only on the flat screens of media consumption, but increasingly tried to build a new space for the audience to be immersed in and transported by. An alternative world, in which we can access cultural goods beyond the limits of social distancing, developed at a rapid pace by offering virtual cinemas, virtual museums, or film festivals.

The development of new technologies has accelerated to the extent that it is difficult to keep up not only with what is new, but above all with the possibilities of their use. There is a shortage of specialists who would help cultural institutions to operate, educate and meet the needs of their audiences in the new, virtual dimension, but, more importantly, there are no (human) resources for training staff.

What would we like to achieve?

This project responds to the need to enrich the existing educational programs for both cultural and media managers, but also for artists aspiring to connect with their audiences in the digital space. The project’s overall goal is to develop an educational offer for these groups in the field of immersive media (XR), and ways of using these media to engage audiences. More specifically, the project aims at increasing the skills and competences of the participants in designing and evaluating immersive experiences in order to effectively manage, disseminate, and produce culture in the digital sphere. Further, it is about increasing the knowledge and competences of the academic staff working with immersive technologies, in order to effectively manage, disseminate, and produce digital culture in a market environment.

How do we want to reach our goal?

Our goal will be scrutinized through specialized training courses. The project’s team will also elaborate open educational resources (OER) in the field of experience management and culture with the use of immersive technologies. We will help building an open attitude of students and academic staff towards the application of new technologies in the humanities.

The educational activities in the project are planned as follows:

  • a summer school in Malta, involving 5 students from each participating HEI to work in the University’s immersive lab with a VR cave that can hold 5 to 10 people,
  • a winter school in Kraków, involving again 5 students from each HEI,
  • 4 Learning Teaching Training sessions: two during the summer/winter schools, and another two separate 5-day events in Malta and Athens respectively. Each will include 5 academic teachers from the JU and Film School, MU and NKAU.

More information


Jagiellonian University
Monika Hapek
Marta Materska-Samek

Film School in Lodz
Ma?gorzata Kotli?ska
Wojciech Olchowski
Krzysztof Pijarski
Filip Gabriel Pud?o
Magdalena Soboci?ska

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
George Anastassakis
Caterina Antonopoulou
Natalia Arsenopoulou
Dimitris Charitos
Demitri Delinikolas
Penny Papageorgopoulou
Charalampos Rizopoulos
Iouliani Theona

L-Università ta’ Malta
Fabrizio Calì
Adnan Hadzi

Project Coordinator

Organisation: Uniwersytet Jagiello?ski
Address: Ul. Golebia 24, 31-007 Kraków, Poland
Website:  http://www.uj.edu.pl

Project Information

Identifier: 2020-1-PL01-KA226-HE-095891
Start Date: May 1, 2021
End Date: Apr 30, 2023

EC Contribution: 212,187 EUR
Partners:  L-Università ta’ Malta, Film School in Lodz, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Topics: Creativity and culture ; ICT – new technologies – digital competences ; New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses

S3D Studio in New York

Justyna Ruci?ska from Pracownia S3D vnLab will take part in a forum entitled Aspects of Effective Storytelling as part of the fifth edition of Animation Nights New York Best of Fest. The meeting will be attended by animation creators and representatives of companies such as LAIKA or Deloitte Consulting. The think tank will focus on the tools used by animators and their impact on the story being told. It will also discuss the role of screenwriting, editing, cinematography, music and voice acting in creating engaging content in animation.

ANNY Best of Fest is an annual festival featuring animation screenings, VR presentations, panel discussions and industry meetings in a dedicated VR space. This year, the event will take place from November 13 to 20.
We warmly encourage you to participate in the festival.

More information can be found at: ANNY Best of Fest


The film shoot for In Side is underway

We are beginning another research session of the S3D Studio. Apart from the regular post-production work with the team from the Technical University of Lodz, we are starting shooting the next scenes of the IN SIDE movie.

In the coming weeks, we will try to register, among others, stereoscopic representations in the so-called vertigo effect or optical deformations (created in irregular refractive media) different for the right and left eye.

This film shoot session will last until November 25th.

S3D Studio at StopTrik IFF

This Sunday you will have an opportunity to listen to Piotr Matysiak, the head of S3D Studio, who will talk about the secrets of making IN SIDE film and about the difficulties and challenges in creating using the S3D technique during StopTrik IFF.

The presentation of the project will take place during the “Trik Show” discussion on November 7th at 12:00 p.m. in Pop’n’Art. You are welcome!

StopTrik is an international film festival devoted to stop motion animation. Its program includes screenings of animated films, discussions, and meetings with filmmakers.

More information about the event can be found at: STOPTRIK IFF


S3D studio halfway through the project

Another “lab” (September 6-21) of the research programme of S3D vnLAB Lab has ended. The team has already completed half of the planned shoot under this project.

During the latest research session (September 17), an open visual seminar of the S3D vnLAB studio was also held, which attracted great interest. The seminar was available “live”, and thanks to the cooperation with the Multimedia Service Department of the ?ód? Film School, the production and transmission took place also on Zoom and Vimeo platforms.


Among the guests (“live” and online), in addition to the lecturers and employees of the School, there were also representatives of, among others: PISF, SFP, SPPA, ?FC, ?ód? Polytechnic, ASP ?ód?, ASP Kraków. As part of the meeting, in addition to the presentations of studio members and its activities, footage filmed as part of the research from the beginning of the project was presented.

There was also a screening of the trailer for the IN SIDE film (in 3D version) which is being produced as part of the project, the 2D version of which already has had nearly a thousand views on the school VIMEO profile.

See the film IN SIDE trailer in 2D

As promised, we also present you the trailer of the film “IN SIDE” in 3D version (SBS)

Link to download the trailer of the film IN SIDE in 3D

There will be more footage of the S3D Studio and the opportunity for another meeting in November in the building of the New Media Centre.