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_Terminal 3

Terminal 3 is an interactive, augmented-reality documentary that explores contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S. through the lens of an airport interrogation.

2018 Asad J. Malik
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…at the end of the day, what we’re trying to portray is: are these Muslim-seeming bodies that are being scanned and surveyed throughout their lives even able to be figured out? It’s almost a constant battle between obstruction and being a real human.

Asad J. Malik, Author, in Vice.

Terminal 3 is an interactive, augmented reality documentary in which viewers take on the role of an airport security officer interrogating an airport passenger before them. The user is presented with two questions at a time and chooses between them. As the interrogation goes on, the viewer is able to learn more about the unique personality, life experiences, and world views of the passenger before them. The interrogation ends only when the viewer decides to let the passenger into the country—or not.

Terminal 3 combines documentary techniques with a branching narrative structure that allows viewers to guide the conversation with the Muslim passenger before them. Inspired by the author’s own experiences being interrogated, this project makes use of the airport interrogation setting to explore Muslim identities in the US, as well as a tension between scanning, obstruction, and human-to-human interaction. Terminal 3 wrestles with the power dynamics, technological interventions, and political climates that regularly impede human-to-human engagement and the sharing of life stories.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : Pakistan,United States
Year : 2018
Author : Asad J. Malik
Producer : 1RIC,Kaleidoscope,Ryot,Unity
Team : Jack Daniel Gerrard,Musa Ghaznavi,Philipp Schaeffer,Viva Wittman
Developers : 1RIC
Designers : Asad J. Malik
Topics : Immigration,Muslims
Technologies : DepthKit,HoloLens
Techniques : Augmented reality,Interactive Documentary,volumetric capture
Festivals : Sheffield Doc/Fest,Tribeca,XR for Change
Budget Range : $150k
Funders AND Incubators : Ryot,Unity
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