Explore an immersive world of inspiration and wonder with MERIDIAN VR. SESQUI’s free app hosts six original, interactive virtual reality stories, featuring Canadians who are shaping their world through creativity. Linked through a central menu space that evolves as the user views the content, MERIDIAN VR pushes the boundaries of participatory storytelling through immersive media.
MERIDIAN VR is available for iOS, Android and Oculus, for viewing on Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift. Get it in the following stores:
Stories in MERIDIAN VR include:
A TRIBE CALLED RED: INDIAN CITY 360° Remix a Tribe Called Red track using only your eyes! Filmed at Toronto’s Fort York, this interactive video from the acclaimed Indigenous DJ collective uses gradient audio to mix traditional and contemporary sounds, and features a throwdown between hip-hop and pow wow dancers.
POLARMAN Brave, bold and benevolent, Polarman is a real-life superhero. This piece tells the origin story of Iqaluit’s beloved, masked anti-bullying crusader, through an interactive mix of 360° video and comics drawn by Canadian artists Daniel Day, Leisha-Marie Riddel and Andrew Qappik.
HANI AL MOULIA: MY OWN PERSPECTIVE Legally blind Syrian photographer Hani al Moulia has a unique view of the world. My Own Perspective mixes 360° video and interactive photos to share Hani’s journey from Syria to a refugee camp in Lebanon, to Regina, SK, as he understands his world through the lens.
ART ALIVE: PIKANGIKUM Indigenous art comes alive in an animated mural created through a collaboration between students from the First Nation of Pikangikum, ON, artist Michael Cywink and filmmaker Amanda Strong. Interactive animation vividly brings to life traditional Ojibwe teachings.
WEST COAST WATER BALL Bliss out to the beauty of west-coast water. This collaboration between award-winning BC designer, Marian Bantjes, and innovative BC musician, Loscil, mixes video collage and generative music to immerse users in an aquatic, geodesic sphere.
HORIZON VR SESQUI’s signature 360° film, HORIZON, will be made available in the VR app in 2017.
How to Download MERIDIAN VR
The VR App MERIDIAN will be distributed and available for OSX and Android, for VR platforms including Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard. Users can download the app for free onto their mobile phone via the iTunes Store, Google Play, or the Oculus Store.
If using an iPhone: please search for SESQUI VR or MERIDIAN in the Apple App store. MERIDIAN supports iPhone 5 and above.
If using a mobile phone with Android and a Google Cardboard headset: please search for SESQUI VR or MERIDIAN in the Google Play Store/app. A full list of supported devices is available here.
If using a Samsung phone and a Gear VR headset: please search for SESQUI VR or MERIDIAN in the Oculus store/app. You can search for and install MERIDIAN either by accessing the Oculus app on your smartphone’s screen, or by inserting your phone into the Gear VR and searching the Oculus store in VR. Gear VR requires one of the following Samsung phones:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
- Samsung Galaxy S6.
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
- Samsung Galaxy S7.
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
- Samsung Galaxy S8.
- Samsung Galaxy S8+
If using an Oculus Rift, please search for SESQUI VR or MERIDIAN in the Oculus store. The app will be available for Oculus Rift in summer 2017.
Setting up your Headset
Download the app onto your phone. Make sure your phone’s operating system is up to date.
If using Cardboard: Start the SESQUI app. Insert your phone into the Cardboard headset. Use headphones to hear the audio.
If using Gear VR: Make sure all system software is up to date. (Oculus and Gear VR apps.) You can access the app through the Oculus store in one of two ways.
- Insert your phone directly into the Gear VR headset, so that the input plugs into the phone’s power jack. Make sure the phone is locked in. Use headphones to hear the audio. You will be brought into the Oculus store menu. Search for the SESQUI: MERIDIAN VR tile in the menu and select it.
- Open the Oculus app on your phone’s screen. Find SESQUI: MERIDIAN VR. Click start. You will see a prompt to insert the phone into your Gear VR. Insert your phone into the Gear VR headset, so that the input plugs into the phone’s power jack. Make sure the phone is locked in. Use headphones to hear the audio.
Fore more information, please see our FAQ.