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_Fireflies: A Brownsville Story

A community-based documentary VR game created by and for the residents of Brownville.

2020 Adrian Richardson,Candace Oliver,Destiny Kippins,Jasmine Bowie,Julie Taylor,Matt Roper,Nicholas Pilarski,Raquan Graham,Sarah Bassett
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“I can’t cross the street because of the beef. This game will allow us to see the community we love.”

Raquan Graham, Brownsville resident and Fireflies creator.

Fireflies is a community-based documentary VR game created by and for the residents of Brownville, a neighborhood in Brooklyn that suffers from an ongoing rivalry between public housing developments. In the game, players from both sides of the conflict work together to explore the histories and dreams of the community and its residents, searching for the commonalities amongst the conflicts.

The game is developed by the Brownsville Community Justice Center and the Peoples Culture collective who plan to install it in the lobbies of more than 14 public housing buildings, to nurture conversation on how to heal fractures in the community. They also established the Brownsville Tech Lab as a permanent site and program to train youth in game design, coding, and other crafts of media-making.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United States
Year : 2020
Author : Adrian Richardson,Candace Oliver,Destiny Kippins,Jasmine Bowie,Julie Taylor,Matt Roper,Nicholas Pilarski,Raquan Graham,Sarah Bassett
Producer : Brownsville Community Justice Center of the Center for Court Innovation,Peoples Culture
Team : Adrian Richardson,Candace Oliver,Destiny Kippins,Jasmine Bowie,Julie Taylor,Matt Roper,Nicholas Pilarski,Raquan Graham,Sarah Bassett
Developers : Adrian Richardson,Candace Oliver,Destiny Kippins,Jasmine Bowie,Julie Taylor,Matt Roper,Nicholas Pilarski,Raquan Graham,Sarah Bassett
Designers : Adrian Richardson,Candace Oliver,Destiny Kippins,Jasmine Bowie,Julie Taylor,Matt Roper,Nicholas Pilarski,Raquan Graham,Sarah Bassett
Topics : Community Portrait,Police,Public Housing,social justice,Urban Life,Urban Planning,Violence Reduction
Technologies : DepthKit,Oculus Rift,Unity
Techniques : co-creation,Community Collaboration,Game,Virtual reality,volumetric capture
Funders AND Incubators : Brownsville Community Justice Center of Center for Court Innovation,Lewis Hine Documentary Fellowship Program,The Brownsville Technologies Lab
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