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No Greater Fear Than The Unseen: The Virtual Reality Experience

Escherichia coli bacteria is deadly. It can induce a sense of fear. It can cause illness and death. It may also be medicine’s brightest hope. Our immersive virtual reality experience brings you face to face with this amazing, terrifying bug.

Arts Council EnglandThis exhibit is part of the Futurecade series of events. Futurecade is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


Research associate Dr Nate Adams is a bit of a magician. He has made clouds form at low altitudes. He has coded robots live on stage. These days, Nate’s experiments examine the way micro-organisms interact to create the pigments of life.

Nate works closely with Professor Simon Foster, professor of microbiology and head of the University’s Krebs Institute. Simon’s lab is dedicated to understanding super-bacteria – bugs that resist antibiotics.

Human is a Sheffield-based creative agency with global credentials. Specialising in CGI animation and virtual reality, the team work with everyone from renowned academics and star DJs to fashion icons and US tech-innovators. They’ve exhibited their work in Europe, Japan, Brazil and the United States.

Founder Nick Bax is a visiting lecturer in design and visual communication and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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