Tribeca’s Storyscapes projects used technology to examine blindness, solitary confinement and more

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 2:43 AM

At Storyscapes, I talked to the creators of Notes on Blindness (which won the juried Storyscapes award), 6×9, The Argus Project and Network Effect, among others.

Tribeca’s Storyscapes projects used technology to examine blindness, solitary confinement and more

As the Tribeca Film Festival winds down in NY City, we’re highlighting one of the most tech-driven parts of the event — Storyscapes, which showcased ten works of virtual reality and interactive storytelling.

At Storyscapes, I talked to the creators of Notes on Blindness (which won the juried Storyscapes award), 6×9, The Argus Project and Network Effect, among others. One word that came up repeatedly was “empathy” — the idea of using technology to really keep you in someone else’s shoes and create you perceive what they feel.

For example, Jarrad Vladich of The Mill (the special effects house that worked with the Guardian on 6×9) said that the goal was “to create empathy” for prisoners who have gone through solitary confinement, while Arnaud Colinart, one of the creators of Notes on Blindness, said he wanted to “use the potential of empathy in VR” to assistance the sighted audience realize some of the issues around blindness.

It’s also worth noting that even if you missed the event, many of these projects have are also available through web versions, or at minimum have a website where you can discover out more info — I’ve linked to them above.

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