Explore interactive and immersive experiences from around the world in curated highlights from our 2019 Alternate Realities exhibition.

The selected works presented at HOME Manchester explore a wide variety of themes; from personal and profound stories of  LGBTQI+ experience, sexuality and disability, and gender expression; with others offering unsettling reflections on our “post truth” society. 

Works presented include:

Tamara Shogaolu’s virtual reality installation Another Dream (Egypt, Netherlands, Norway); the gripping story of an Egyptian lesbian couple who, facing a post-revolution backlash against their community, must choose between love and home.

Rob Eagle’s augmented reality installation Through The Wardrobe (UK) invites the audience to explore the belongings of others and play with gender expression.

Maria Belen Poncio’s 360° Video 4 Feet Blind Date (Argentina) follows 18-year-old wheelchair user Juana. Anxious to explore her sexuality, she overcomes her fears, doubts, and an inaccessible city to meet ‘Felipe’ for a blind date. Together they discover how their bodies feel. 

IP Yuk-Yiu’s game To Call A Horse a Deer (Hong Kong) uses language, hand-eye coordination and a certain complicity from the player to reflect on today’s political practice, where truth-bending has become a tool. 

Bill Posters and Dr Daniel Howe’s Big Dada (UK, Hong Kong) is a series of ‘deep fake’ moving image works that were inserted into social media channels as a digital intervention in June 2019. Big Dada is part of Spectre, a Sheffield Doc/Fest commission, supported by Arts Council England, Site Gallery & British Council.


Join us for exhibition preview on Friday 8 November, 18.00-21.00


Labelling ourselves? Fashion, gender and social identity

Sat 9 Nov 2019, 14.00

Free, booking recommended. 

Join Rob Eagle and Jo Jenkinson to discuss the role of clothing in expressing gender and social identity.

The discussion will take as its starting point the stories of Through the Wardrobe, a work that features the experiences of four genderqueer and nonbinary people and how they view clothing (part of the Alternate Realities exhibition at HOME).

As most clothing is labelled ‘male’ and ‘female’ and designed with certain gendered bodies in mind, where does this leave those who don’t fit into society’s binary gender norms?

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion with the audience. 

Rob Eagle is an XR experience designer and PhD researcher at UWE Bristol. His work combines non-fiction storytelling with elements of immersive theatre in interactive art installations. As a PhD researcher, his work is informed by and contributes to research in gender studies, sensory anthropology and interaction design. His current mixed reality installation, Through the Wardrobe, explores the daily consideration nonbinary people must make in expressing their gender through clothing and incites us to reflect on how our own choice of clothing expresses our gender identity.

Following 20 years as a designer with international fashion brands and launching her own luxury unisex brand; Jo Jenkinson returned to Manchester Metropolitan University as Principal Lecturer in Fashion Design. She is one of the founders of Portrait Youth, a project that aims to record the personal and collective identities of diverse groups of young people through portrait photography, where the participants take part in creative ‘wear your identity’ workshops to explore the communication of their identity through fashion, styling and dress.

The Alternate Realities UK Tour is supported by Arts Council England.

In kind supporters of Alternate Realities exhibition at HOME: Digital Catapult, Vive, IOU and Megaverse.