Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) and its project, the Public VR Lab, are proudly announcing that they will be presenting the Boston-only release of their immersive stories from their Arrival: Immigration in Full Frame project in a container at HUBweek as part of The HUB, HUBweek’s centralized festival site, from Wednesday, October 10th through Sunday, October 14th,2018.

Arrival: Immigration in Full Frame, a co-created immersive storytelling project is the first national virtual reality (VR) filmmaking collaborative project curating immigration stories of Americans from pre-1620 through 2018 and incorporating them into a visual XR/VR timeline.

While focused on Boston-area stories at this year’s HUBweek, the final VR/XR project has fifteen partners across the U.S., and will be shared online, in VR/XR, at film festivals, and at arts and cultural organizations nationwide with a curriculum for engaging community dialogue about immigration and migration. The project ponders a shared experience and visual timeline of the commonalities, policies, and complexities of American immigration throughout history using VR/XR as a media platform and public education tool.

In addition to watching these compelling stories in 360 video and VR format, visitors will also have the opportunity to record their own families’ immigration and migration stories onsite at BIG’s container as part of an interactive component of BIG’s exhibit in a mobile studio. These new stories will be included in a broader national project that features a VR/XR visual timeline, scheduled to launch as a separate immersive project in late 2019-early 2020.

“Throughout our history, our ancestors have migrated and immigrated to the United States, and we all have stories that have been passed down through our families about the challenges in our old countries and about arriving here, shared Kathy Bisbee, executive director of BIG and co-founder of the Public VR Lab.

“I think these co-created stories are extremely relevant to our community and to the world, timely and important to be documented and shared now with each other. Like Hubweek’s We the People theme this year, it is important that we are reminded of our collective arrival and migrations to this region, and note that the timing of our family’s arrival matters.”

The Boston version of the Lab’s Arrival project will view individual immigration stories through the lens of history, the stories of local residents, and in the context present-day U.S. experiences of immigration and migration.

This immersive storytelling project demonstrates the broad diversity and beauty of American immigration, the ways we might re-imagine migration, and outlines a visual narrative of where and how Americans came together. Thus, everyone, whether they just immigrated to the United States, has family roots in this country that go back for centuries, or whose family arrived
some time in between is welcome to participate in this project by sharing their family’s immigration story.

Founded in December 2014 by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration and weeklong festival that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in art, science, and technology. In addition to featuring several speakers, sessions, and even a hackathon, “The HUB,” in which City Hall Plaza is transformed for five days, is a pivotal component of HUBweek. Dubbed the “fairground for the future” by The Boston Globe, it will feature shipping containers, geodesic domes, large-scale pavilions, and live art.

Learn more about Hubweek 2018 here, and find BIG/the Lab’s installation in the container village, Wednesday-Sunday October 8-14th, 2018.

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