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“Common Ground was my attempt to create a textured long form documentary in Virtual Reality. Mixing archive, 360 video, photogrammetry, and interaction to create an embodied cinematic form within the documentary tradition.”
Darren Emerson, director, to Docubase
Common Ground is a VR documentary film that explores the impact of a massive regeneration scheme of the Aylesbury Estate, a place that has historically offered social housing to thousands of South Londoners. This urban gentrification scheme will deeply impact the fabric of the Aylesbury Estate community, and displace its residents from the place they call home. In Common Ground, users enter the world of the estate from its beginnings in the 1960’s, through both its decline and controversial regeneration today. This VR film explores themes of housing rights and the disenfranchisement of the working class, and the politics of urban renewal projects.
Common Ground mixes 360 video, 3D modeling, archival materials, and real-time environments to enable people to explore the estate and the personal space of its residents and capture a glimpse of how the design, planning, and dreams of the future developments would affects the community. This VR film incorporates architectural blueprints, politics, media portrayals, and testimonies of residents to understand the history of the Aylesbury Estate, and the widespread social housing crisis it represents.