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ICAT Playdate: Future Technologies as Portals to the Past

Ended Mar 17, 2023
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Term: Spring 2023

Date: March 17th, 2023

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Location: Creativity + Innovation District Living Learning Community

Instructor: Phyllis Newbill

Presented By: Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)



We unpack the methods of how we can build mixed reality (VR + AR) to bring about new understanding of our complex past.  As an example, I will present both the “I Am A Man VR Experience,” and “Barnstormers: Determined to Win” as contemporary precedents that use VR technology to place audiences directly in the center of our historical past. For “I Am A Man” users are placed in the center of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and are allowed to see events leading to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Barnstormers, audiences are introduced to the triumph and struggles of Negro League Baseball, as one takes the field to play “America’s favorite past time” in a segregated society.  Both examples have been critically examined and praised for their artistry and quality of work, but it is this work’s social impact that we will discuss further in depth. 

Speaker:    Derick Ham