Creating Social Documentary Experiences

Through XR experiences, we will infuse the Portland landscape with vivid experiences that challenge and subvert systems and symbols of power, inspiring conversations in place around a reimagined future for Portland. These might include videos, sound bytes, depictions of under-represented characters, hazy memories, and imagined futures, wielding these powerful new technologies as an engine for collective memory and imagination.

With XR technologies such as augmented reality, combined with the pervasiveness of hand-held devices, it is easier than ever to create community building experiences that are both accessible and educational. There is also limitless potential for interactivity, making such experiences even more engaging.

CETI and our partners will collaborate with local communities to create poignant and powerful XR experiences of memory and imagination. We focus on two main sets of experiences emphasizing themes of migrations and displacements, of social and systemic injustice/exclusion/racism/erasure, and of future possibility. They are:

  • Places, communities, culture, memories, and future vision of the Albina region in N/NE Portland;
  • A virtual memorial/meditation/reflection amongst previously unmarked graves for Chinese immigrant railroad workers in SE Portland.

Partners, Sponsors, and Donors

Collins Foundation
PGE Foundation
PSU School of Art + Design
Open Signal

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