B-Division in 3D, is a 3D virtual tour of Pentridge Prison’s B-Division in Melbourne, Victoria and was created using 3D scanning technology. The purpose of this project is to bring the spectator closer to the experience of seeing what it really looks like inside a high security prison. The reason we undertook this project was to promote and preserve an aspect of history that will soon be lost as this part of the prison is set to be completely renovated into a hotel complex and day spa.
This piece plugs into a transmedia narrative project titled, ‘A Miscarriage of Justice’, which looks at the execution of Ronald Ryan, the last man hanged in Australia 1957, and Jean Lee, the last woman hanged in Australia 1951. It uses immersive digital technologies virtual reality and augmented reality in a holistic approach to execute the story. Projected installations, interactive newspapers and 3D scanning software add another layer of immersion to the storyworld. The part of the project can be viewed as a standalone project viewed via the link on this page or via a VR mounted head set.
Phase one of this project immerses you in the experience of being in a prison cell, with every little texture viewable in 3D and allows you to walk around B Division at your own pace.
Phase two of this project will bring you face to face with prisoners and their stories, you get to chose who you want to talk and interact with. This phase is currently in development.
Click on the link below to explore B-Division of Pentridge Prison at your own pace.