Tamika Dozier was tired of the culture of revenge porn and body-shaming she witnessed on social media. To combat the problem, she launched the Leak Your Own Nudes and campaigns. They gained so much traction on Facebook, Dozier decided to host an art exhibit to celebrate the beauty of the black female body. This is LYON.
Our 360-degree experience involves a journey through a no longer used warehouse. The adventure places the user into the dark industrial scenery where you see and hear the creaky floors and graffiti art.
The audio soundscape makes the experience particularly spooky. Throughout the video, the user will get lost in this darkness while being haunted.
Our class spent an afternoon wandering around sections of campus to try out a 360 GoPro rig we borrowed from the Media Depot.
Water is life, and Clean Water Means Health.
In this Virtual Reality experience, documentary, and campaign we are taken into a third world country struggling a to seek a basic element of life that we often take for granted: Clean Water. We embark on this journey through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Selam. In this experience we are exposed to the harsh conditions of a water crisis at a young age, but we are also exposed to the strength of family, faith, and dreams.
As Selam narrates, we are discovering that everyday that her family is forced to utilize unclean water on a daily basis. When they want to cleanse or even drink water, they must go to the river. Sadly, the river is infested with leeches and other things. Selam seeks and prays for better for community. Selam mesmerizes the audience with her strong will and ability to carry and take care of her family all while pursuing her education at the same time. Just as Selam willing gives to her family and community, the Charity: Water campaign will change her community forever by blessing them with the tools to bring clean water into her community.
Experience Selam’s Captivating Story here:
This Virtual Reality experience is very successful due to its interactivity. We’re taken from open grasslands to fields where animals are present, all the while viewing the condition of the water. There no default viewpoint in this experience, you are right there in the very moment which adds a more intimate emotion to the story. Another example would be when Selam and her friend were playing the in the water with each other. Of course we were not exactly present, but the interaction of the water with the camera would make you feel as if you messed were getting splashed by the water as well.
Another element that distinguished this virtual reality experience from other experiences is that it was character driven. We were put in the perspective of a female teenager. When it comes to using 360 cameras all the while trying to reach a big audience it was executed very well. I didn’t sense any type or hyper masculinity or hyper femininity within the film. If this was going to occur, then the production of the virtual reality experience would not have been as successful. I believe that its important to be creative when it comes to creating a virtual reality experience, but if you over indulge in you creativity the message and emotion that you want to present to your audience will be lost.
I believe that this virtual reality experience is more than appropriate because it takes most audience members like me to another world that I haven’t seen while also introducing me to new people. It was a very intimate experience. For a moment I truly felt like I really put myself in someone else’s shoes. In addition to the experience, its also a part of a collaborative campaign focused on restoring clean water all over the world. This shows that Virtual Reality has the power to carry a message even bigger than the its experience.