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_Gone Gitmo

Second-Life and Unity3D versions of the Guantánamo Bay Detention Center function as an interactive and educational experience of the prison which the authors term, “Immersive Journalism.”

2007 Nonny de la Peña,Peggy Weil
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“Does the fact that the stories are accessed through a virtual body mean that they are necessarily subjective experiences?”

Nonny de la Peña, Co-Author, to Nieman Storyboard

Guantánamo Bay, Cuba—colloquially known as “Gitmo”—is one of the world’s most famous and controversial prisoner-of-war camps, home to hundreds of detainees from the United States’ “War on Terror.” Following on her  2004 documentary Unconstitutional about Guantánamo, journalist Nonny de la Peña teamed up with artist Peggy Weil to make Gone Gitmo.

The original version of Gone Gitmo, no longer running, was a virtual re-creation of the Guantánamo Bay prison in Second-Life, a popular virtual world platform. In 2013, de la Peña and Weil recreated Gone Gitmo in Unity3D as a first person experience. Gone Gitmo is intended as a tool to raise awareness about the legal and moral no-man’s-land, including clips from de la Peña’s film and transcripts from detainee interrogations. Joe Margulies, who argued Mosul vs. Bush to the Supreme Court said of the piece, “You are involved in creating social memory.”

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United States
Year : 2007
Author : Nonny de la Peña,Peggy Weil
Exhibition Venues : "Gone Gitmo Installation" at Moscow Museum of Modern Art,ACE,AFI DOCS Film Festival,Animating Human Rights,Cannes,PICNIC Amsterdam,Sundance
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