Immersive journalism project strikes a chord at global forum


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“At the 2014 World Economic Forum held last month in Davos, Switzerland, Media Arts + Practice PhD candidate Nonny de la Penapresented her signature work in immersive journalism on the Middle Eastern conflict.

“Project Syria” transforms a YouTube clip of an attack in Aleppo into an immersive experience created in a virtual reality.

“Davos was an extraordinary opportunity to reach some of the world’s top leaders on one of the most important stories of our day — Syria,” De La Pena said. “The fact that immersive journalism can make people feel as if they are present on scene was clearly evident as our piece, which puts people on the streets in Aleppo, moved numerous folks to tears.”

siobhan-o-flynn‘s insight:

Currently showing at The Victoria & Albert Museum:

“DISPLAY: Put on a headset to ‘walk’ the streets of Aleppo and enter a refugee camp full of children, as real events occur. The ongoing war in Syria has displaced nearly a third of the population; a terrible truth that can be hard to grasp at a distance. Project Syria uses cutting-edge virtual reality technology to remove that distance.


This original and thought-provoking piece of documentary journalism is created from real audio, video and photographs. Originally commissioned by the World Economic Forum and created at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Project Syria will be at the V&A during Refugee Week 2014.”

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3462/project-syria-4930/

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This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything


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“PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education. It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition. And yet it plans to turn out highly qualified, motivated software engineers, each of whom has gone through an intensive two- to three-year program designed to teach them everything they need to know to become outstanding programmers….”

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‘Orphan Black’ Creators Talk Transgender Tony, Helena and Rachel’s Maternal Instincts


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“With only one episode left before “Orphan Black’s” season two finale airs on June 21, the tension is rising on BBC America’s high-concept sci-fi series, which left one clone – scientist Cosima — at death’s door at the end of last week’s installment.


Variety sat down with series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett at the ATX Festival to discuss the many twists of “Variable and Full of Perturbation,” including the introduction of transgender clone Tony and pro-clone Rachel’s rage at discovering that she and her “sisters” were created barren by design. We also dug into the show’s endgame and how the producers approach the show’s many challenging VFX shots, which often see star Tatiana Maslany acting opposite multiple versions of herself…”

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