Navigating Gather Town

Create an avatar and enter our event foyer. Then, using the arrow keys on your keyboard, go up to get to the exhibition and social space, and down for the panels and roundtables. The discussion groups are in private spaces in the middle of the foyer. Click here for our full programme including the rooms and see the map of the space below.

We are very excited to host the virtual end of project events for Freelancers in the Dark on gather.town. Gather.town is a location-based video-conferencing software that allows all digital participants to have a cohesive spatial conference experience as they move through a virtual conference space with an avatar, allowing for interaction with objects in the space as well as other digital participants.

Socially, this means that as you walk around the space, you can bump into people known or unknown and talk to them (video-conferencing will automatically pop-up when you stop in close proximity to someone else and close as you move on). You navigate the avatar with the arrow keys on your keyboard; and you can interact with objects in the space by pressing X (might provide a video, written material, a zoom link etc.) once you come into close proximity. You can also get to all the different event and conference spaces; the following rooms/sites will be available to you once you enter the space: 

  • The Foyer: This is where you start and have access to all other rooms. The help desk is located here and you can find ticket booths to book for The House Never Wins, and information boards with information about what is happening in each room
  • Within the Foyer you will find the private spaces of the Rehearsal Room, the Green Room and the Writers Room, where you’ll be able to access the discussion group sessions which will take place on Zoom. Navigating your avatar to these rooms will pop up a Zoom link to the session. There are information boards connecting to a programme for each room at the corners of each room. 
  • The Studio, the Mezzanine and the Wings: these are the access points to the conference sessions which will take place on Zoom. Navigating your avatar to within each of the rooms for the relevant session will pop up a Zoom link to the session. There are also information boards connecting to a programme in front of each room. 
  • Open Air Theatre: in this space you can find access points to the opening and closing talks, and the roundtable discussions. Navigating your avatar to within each of the rooms for the relevant session will pop up a Zoom link to the session.
  • Exhibition: this hosts the virtual exhibition showcasing work from the last two years that have been shared with us. You can call up each piece within the exhibition by interacting with one of the objects in the room.
  • Bar: this is a social gathering space where you can hang out in small groups and meet other conference participants during the session breaks and during the virtual wine reception each evening.

You can download a guest guide to Gather below.

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