DAY 4: A MOMENT WITH PATRICK WATSON IN 57 DAYS OF FIBERS

I spent last night wandering through Tribeca Storyscapes, a project that showcases transmedia storytelling by artists | innovators | tech whisperers in the field of virtual reality, 3D graphics, and interactive designs, instead of working with fibers. I was excited to see what is out there in the virtual reality world since I have been fighting against “Her” left and right on its portrayal of female characters against the sepia-toned innocent, heartbroken, soulful Theodore Twombly. I thought the movie failed at capturing our more realistic relationship with technology. 

Yet “Strangers - A Moment With Patrick Watson,” an 8-minute VR film, by Felix & Paul was able to do just that. For 480 seconds through the Oculus, I was in the same room with Patrick Watson. He was singing to me (and only me, right?) and going about his practice while I inspected every corner of his studio — his notecards, posters, picture frames, cigarette ash, and the possible coldness outside of his windows. I was at the center of his life and felt immediately connected to this man whom I have never met. 

What struck me as wonderful about this short film is its capacity to transport me to another physical and emotional space. Within minutes of watching, I was swapping out Patrick’s body with that of my family members all the way across the world. The potential of virtual reality to bring people together is doubtless. We can archive our lives, relive past moments, and learn to view things from another perspective. Yet at the same time, what scares me most about virtual reality is the moment that you step out of it & the minutes afterward that left you feeling empty, scared, and disillusioned. You trade in one reality for another, and after a while, your first reality is given back to you. What are you going to do with it? 


DAY 4: A MOMENT WITH PATRICK WATSON IN 57 DAYS OF FIBERS

I spent last night wandering through Tribeca Storyscapes, a project that showcases transmedia storytelling by artists | innovators | tech whisperers in the field of virtual reality, 3D graphics, and interactive designs, instead of working with fibers. I was excited to see what is out there in the virtual reality world since I have been fighting against “Her” left and right on its portrayal of female characters against the sepia-toned innocent, heartbroken, soulful Theodore Twombly. I thought the movie failed at capturing our more realistic relationship with technology. 

Yet “Strangers - A Moment With Patrick Watson,” an 8-minute VR film, by Felix & Paul was able to do just that. For 480 seconds through the Oculus, I was in the same room with Patrick Watson. He was singing to me (and only me, right?) and going about his practice while I inspected every corner of his studio — his notecards, posters, picture frames, cigarette ash, and the possible coldness outside of his windows. I was at the center of his life and felt immediately connected to this man whom I have never met. 

What struck me as wonderful about this short film is its capacity to transport me to another physical and emotional space. Within minutes of watching, I was swapping out Patrick’s body with that of my family members all the way across the world. The potential of virtual reality to bring people together is doubtless. We can archive our lives, relive past moments, and learn to view things from another perspective. Yet at the same time, what scares me most about virtual reality is the moment that you step out of it & the minutes afterward that left you feeling empty, scared, and disillusioned. You trade in one reality for another, and after a while, your first reality is given back to you. What are you going to do with it? 


Posted on April 24th, 2014 at 11:16 pm with 2 notes
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