This project investigates whether immersive journalism can be used to tell the story of detainees being kept for hours in a stress position. We’ve heard or read the term “stress position” many times, but what does that really mean? Using head mounted display technology, we created a virtual body of a detainee in a stress position and asked participants to experience what it might be like to be “in that body” while hearing an interrogation coming through a wall from another room. Although all of our participants were sitting upright, after the experience each reported feeling as if they were hunched in the same position as the virtual detainee.
This project was a collaboration between Nonny de la Peña, Peggy Weil, Mel Slater and Slater’s team at the Event Lab in Barcelona, including Joan Llobera, Elias Giannopoulos, Ausiàs Pomés, Bernhard Spanlang, and Maria V. Sanchez-Vives.
El Pais article on experience: Presos de un Guantánamo virtual
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