vr documentary screening and discussion

Tuesday, March 19th at 4pm
Lab for Immersive Media
Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA 4.126)

Rossella Schillaci (PhD) presents her award winning experimental VR documentary, Affiorare (Surfacing). Screening to be followed by a discussion with the director. VR headsets will be available for individual experiences and testing.

All are welcome to this open event.

Affiorare (Surfacing) is a VR experimental documentary set in prison. Like in a fairy tale, the viewer is immersed in the everyday life of mothers and kids living in special places: prisons and custody institutions for inmates with their children. 360° footage at children’s eye level and animations embark us on a magical journey from the iconic Panopticon system of control, to the most recent confinement centres. Like the hero’s journey, the protagonists tell us – in a deep and poetic way- their first impressions of the prison, the smells, the fears, the challenges.

  • 4:00pm – welcome and demonstration of VR gear
  • 4:30pm – lecture and screening
  • 5:00pm – discussion

This event is organized by the Bureau for Experimental Ethnography with support from the Lab for Immersive Media and Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies. It is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, French and Italian Studies, and the Humanities Institute with Funding support provided by Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship in Liberal Arts.