Arte Experience presents: Notes On Blindness, a virtual reality journey into a world beyond sight.
"A magical VR Experience" - Guardian
"Mesmerizing" - Motherboard - Vice
"Poetic and timeless" - Le Monde
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 cassette. These original diary recordings form the basis of this six-part VR experience, an interactive non fiction using new forms of storytelling and gameplay mechanics to explore his cognitive and emotional experience of blindness.
Each chapter will address a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a ‘world beyond sight’.
Notes on Blindness VR is viewable with or without virtual reality headset (cardboard mode or smartphone mode).
Notes on Blindness VR is available in English, French and German.
Runs on iPhone 5 (or later) and Ipad 5 (or later). Requires iOS 9.3.4 or later versions.
For full user experience, please use headphones, raise the volume and increase the luminosity of your phone.
Notes On Blindness VR is produced by Ex Nihilo, ARTE France, and the French startup AudioGaming, in co-production with Archer’s Mark.
It has been supported by the TFI New Media Fund and Ford Foundation – JustFilms, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) and Région Midi-Pyrénées.
- Fixed a bug where some graphics would break on iOS 10 devices with an A9 chip.
Ratings and Reviews
I don't think I have ever seen an app that I would recommend more!
I see the world in a whole new way now! I think I will also interact with my friends differently because of this too. My blind friends and I can hear the world together and I don't have to see it for them the way I have been.
Sound doesn’t work on headphones
No matter what pair of headphones I used no sound
I enjoyed it a lot
- ARTE France Apps
- 441.1 MB
- Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Arte France, Ex Nihilo, Archer's Mark - 2016
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.