Virtual Reality

We are proud to host a selection of cutting-edge social change-focused Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality installations.

 

The VR showcase will take place March 2 at the Civic Media Center in downtown Gainesville from 4-8PM.

Entry is free with a Changeville Multi-Venue Pass (buy tickets here) or $3-10 sliding scale at the door.

Priya’s Mirror

Changeville is hosting the Augmented Reality experience for Priya’s Mirror, the sequel to the critically acclaimed, award-winning Priya’s Shakti. The Priya series is a powerful story that champions the cause of women’s rights in India. Priya’s Mirror tells the story of real-life acid attack survivors and reflects on institutionalized gender violence.

One of the creators, Ram Devinini, will be present at the Changeville VR showcase to discuss his work.

Gaia Street Art: Virtual Reality Mural

Since Google’s 2017 announcement of its VR artist in residency program, VR art is only just beginning to take off. Taking on this new medium is Gaia, a member of the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for art and international street muralist. Gaia will be creating his first VR art piece exclusively for Changeville. Be there to witness it live, then transport yourself into the piece by strapping on the headset.

Clouds Over Sidra

Meet Sidra. This charming 12-year-old girl will guide you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp’s population. In this lyrical VR film, Sidra leads you through her daily life: Eating, sleeping, learning and playing in the vast desert city of tents. At Changeville, see for yourself the film called “powerful, immersive and deeply moving” by TechCrunch — the first-ever virtual reality film shot for the UN.

Our World in 360: Steve Johnson

Feel what it’s like to be sitting alongside a climate scientist in an Icelandic glacier, seeing the Northern Lights over Norway and much more by experiencing the 360-degree videos of environmental advocate and videographer Steve Johnson, founder of Boundless.

Francis – A VR Short Film for Social Change

Mental health issues impose an enormous burden on families and communities. Depression alone is already the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting over 350 million people. By the year 2030, it is projected to be the #1 health problem in the world. In this new Sundance Stories of Change virtual reality film “FRANCIS” we follow the true story and words of Francis Pii Kugbila, a school teacher in Ghana who was suffered a mental disorder and the negative consequences of a lack of mental health care.

Viewers are guided through Francis’s story by his first-hand account of his experience – who he was prior to his mental illness onset, what happened to him during his illness, and his experience when he recovered. The film shows that Francis, like so many who suffer from mental illness around the world, are valuable members of society who can lead full, productive lives and contribute to their families and communities if they receive mental health treatment.

The overarching goal of the film is to help move mental health out of the shadows and squarely onto the world agenda as a global health and development priority.

Art + Technology: Concrete Entanglements

Concrete Entanglements is a Virtual Reality (VR) art work created by Art + Technology students at the University of Florida under the guidance of Dr. Jack Stenner. Utilizing both sculptural and digital elements, this work was produced to metaphorically suggest ways we might think about our relationship to the world and to each other, particularly in the current political climate. Teamwork, collaboration and community are our strength in a world of complex, entangled relations.
Participants are encouraged to don the provided VR headset and symbolically participate in the collaborative effort to make the world a better place for everyone.