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A CASE FOR PLAY
13:00 on 7 November 2019
West Church 130/32 Perth Rd, Dundee, DD1 4JW
Participatory 360 Filmmaking for Social Action
In times of protest and collective social action, documenting dynamic visual journeys can be difficult both because the bulk of equipment involved makes access a problem, and because traditional 2D filmmaking fails to capture the surprise and full 3-dimensionality of the situation. Given the portability of 360 cameras and the capabilities of storytelling in VR using spatial audio and immersive experience, 360 filmmaking for investigative work will open a door way to allow participants in social actions to express themselves in previously inaccessible environments with capability to immerse the audience.
To model such a situation in Dundee, Scotland, we propose to use Dundee as a city-wide structure emulating the protests against China Extradition in Central Hong Kong of June 2019.
We will put “government silos” at three points in the city centre as representing police activity. Two groups will be given 360 cameras that they can pass between group members. They’ll be entrusted with making a 360 film that will be viewable in VR at the conference about accessing the City Library, which serves as a model for the Legislative Assembly in Hong Kong which is inaccessible to protestors due to police surveillance. Successful films will need to take advantage of passing the camera between group members, navigating unusual landmarks given the “government silos” present, and getting to the City Library on time. The action is a model of empowering protestor filmmakers who are in position to subvert government interference while participating in social action.