South Caucasus region virtual reality exhibition was held at Fabrika on January 25th, where VR technology was turned into a way to experience social problems, spaces, people’s stories rather than just entertainment.
Marketer had an interview with project initiator Ninutsa Nanitashvili:
Tell us about PeaceVR.. the details and aims of its initiation.
It’s been a long time since I’m interested in virtual reality. Two years ago I shared with my colleague the idea of how we could use this technique to connect youth and spaces in conflict situations. In the summer of last year, I introduced this idea in Zurich, a conference called Build Peace, they got interested in the initiative, managed to complete it as a project and get funded. We united 10 young people at this stage from Tbilisi, Sokhumi and Yerevan. 12 videos were filmed around 4 topics. All of the films are about conflict and include social themes. The exhibition is being organized by the international organization “Elva” within the framework of the confidence building project PeaceVR.
How many participants were from Abkhazia and what were the details of the 360 shooting training?
Our organization has been working on similar projects for years and has gained a lot of connections, I have many friends who live in Sokhumi too. With their help, I contacted people who did not hear about VR at all. This was also the purpose of a certain channel and opportunity to open up for them. It was a bit harder for Abkhazian artists to work on the videos, although our project covered teaching how to shoot by VR. 5-6 people were involved from Abkhazia, who worked on a script, sound and shooting.
This event is attended by young people of Sokhumi, are there any similar exhibitions planned in Yerevan or Sokhumi?
We are planning to hold it in both cities as well to give everyone a chance to feel one another space.