Unrest Virtual Reality

Brea, Jennifer, La Burthe, Amaury, Colinart, Arnaud and Dryden, Lindsey ORCID: 0000-0002-9658-6805 (2017) Unrest Virtual Reality. Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival.

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Abstract

Unrest VR is an interactive non-fiction virtual reality experience, inspired by Jennifer Brea’s feature documentary Unrest (Sundance 2017 Special Jury Award). An immersive journey into Jen’s experience of an invisible illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis, the project contrasts the painful solitary confinement of a bedroom world with the kinetic freedom of an inner dreamscape. When you’re too sick to leave your bed, where do you go? Unrest VR premiered in the Virtual Arcade at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It was also showcased at Sheffield Doc/Fest in the Immersive VR section of the Alternate Realities Exhibition, where it won the Alternate Realities VR Award, before it toured cinema and exhibition venues across the UK in autumn 2017, with support from the British Film Institute. Unrest VR draws the user into an immersive world of first-hand experience of chronic illness and disability. Exploratory and user-led, the project asks the user to lie on a bed in a mock bedroom (set up in every exhibition space where Unrest VR visits) and wear a VR headset. Then they are led through a visceral presentation of life with a devastating illness, guided by the narration of director Jennifer Brea. The project draws upon sensory meditations on pain, fatigue, and neurosensory symptoms. The public is brought into a visceral personal experience of a hard-to-understand condition. The project was co-produced by Lindsey Dryden, whose practice focuses on exploration of the 'deviant' body. It was an opportunity to experiment with how people might experience another person's body, asking and answering questions about how we inhabit our own personal perspectives, and how we might -- or might not -- be able to empathise with the physical experience and subjectivity of others.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual reality
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1995.9.DN Documentary Films
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Lindsey Dryden
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 14:16
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2018 15:04
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6236

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