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.

Watch An Introduction Video By CETI Members

View Google Slide Deck from the Introduction

Project Board

Register for XRchive  Future Events


Invitation to Create

XRchive a series of XR storytelling experiences in place

Dates and Times

Friday, December 3rd, 2021
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST
Location: Ceti Lab @ PSU
1855 SW Broadway
FMH Rm 218
Portland, OR 97201-3295

RSVP to December 3rd

Saturday, December 4th, 2021
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM PST
Location: ZOOM
We will send you a zoom link before the event.

RSVP to December 4th

Register here for the project to receive project updates, get access to the project discord channel and start brainstorming!


We Invite You...

We invite you to join us for a community creative brainstorming session for XRchive, our collaborative XR storytelling project. Using immersive and interactive technologies, we plan to create experiences, tours and provocations in place around (hi)stories of migrations and displacements, injustice and racism, and future visions of Portland.

Share Your Stories

Bring your stories, your ideas and creative inspiration, and your skills, talents, and passion to help bring these visions to life - we’ll be doing this all with interdisciplinary teams.

Who Should Join:

People who have stories and experiences to share, ideas for stories and experiences, artists, technologists, storytellers, researchers, students (16+), educators, community members. --people who want to (help) create, troubleshoot, mentor, teach, and learn.

Teaming Up

By the end of the session, we'll decide on stories, experiences, and break up into teams to begin experimenting.

Partners, Sponsors, and Donors

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

Support the Project

Past Events

MoMAR: An Unauthorized Gallery Concept

Wednesday 12/8/21, 4:45pm PST on our YouTube Channel

Freedom Constellations: Public Art and XR for Social Good

Wednesday 12/8/21, 6:00pm PST on our YouTube Channel

Live Event November 3rd, 2021

What: YouTube Live Conversation about the CETI XRchive Project
When: Wednesday November 3rd, 6pm Pacific
Where: CETI's YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/cetistream
Details Google Slide Deck