|2017||Alexander Porter,Hannah Jayanti,James George,Mei-Ling Wong,Yasmin Elayat|
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“Blackout is a virtual reality documentary inviting New Yorkers to share stories in their own voice. Blackout illuminates the moments when our lives intersect in a space where differences are most visible – the subway. It is an ongoing, participatory project gathering real experiences from this political instant.”
Yasmin Elayat, author
In Blackout, the latest VR project by the immersive media studio Scatter, the viewer can fulfill a classic New York fantasy: reading the minds of fellow subway riders. While walking around an out of service L train hurtling through space–at the project’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere the installation was made to resemble an actual subway car–the viewer uses his or her gaze to unlock the stream of consciousness thoughts of a diverse collection of New Yorkers. These thoughts range from mundane musings about what to eat for dinner to the personal stories of undocumented men and women. One woman shares a letter she and her partner wrote for their toddler daughter after President Trump’s election, while other passengers discuss their encounters with racism. While the access to these insights is unique other aspects of the experience will be entirely familiar to most New Yorkers, such as when one person’s reflections are interrupted by a man’s impromptu serenade.