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Podcast: Virtual Guantanamo
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Podcast: Virtual Guantanamo

(Human Rights: Games, Animation and Multimedia)

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http://fora.tv/2009/05/04/Animating_Human_Rights_Games_
Animation_and_Multimedia#Touring_Guantanamo_Bay_in_Second_Life

Podcast length: 3 minutes 51 seconds

Podcast Description

A short video report of research progress by the University of California at Berkeley, on illustrating human rights through the medium of VR.


Presenter Biographies

Peggy Weil

Peggy Weil is a digital media artist and designer focusing on interactive design as immersive experience for perceptual and civic engagement. She teaches graduate level Interactive Experience Design at USC as well as seminars in the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. Most recently she acted as producer/designer for The Redistricting Game, an Annenberg Center sponsored project to increase voter awareness about redistricting.

Weil was awarded a residency at BAVC to develop Gone Gitmo, a virtual installation of Guant?namo in Second Life.


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http://fora.tv/2009/05/04/Animating_Human_Rights_
Games_Animation_and_Multimedia

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http://fora.tv/2009/05/04/Animating_Human_Rights_
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Podcast viewing notes

A short video report of research progress by the University of California at Berkeley, on illustrating human rights through the medium of VR.

As the presenter says, Second Life is used for the venue, but, as is not typical for Second Life, the simulation takes active control of your avatar, and forces it to do as the simulation dictates. This is meant to both ensure that visitors get the full experience, and showcast the complete loss of control of one's own life.

Because there is a definite, contunally researched bond of identification between the person and their avatar, this medium is seenm as one of the most powerful, for studying humans rights in laboratory settings.

 


Additional Research Links

Peggy Weil

Gone GITMO

Staff Comments

 


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